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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays have some fun with bruised Elliot Johnson; new Ray Ben Francisco gets ex-All-Star Carl Crawford's number

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (16-5, 2.53)

Jays: LH Ricky Romero (8-12, 5.50)

On Price: Coming off tough outing in Texas, allowing six runs and 10 hits in four innings. Is 10-2, 2.13 in 13 starts vs. Jays, 4-0, 3.41 in five at Rogers Centre.

On Romero: One-time ace has been a mess, going 1-11, 7.16 over past 12 starts, allowing a staggering 125 base-runners in 662/3 innings. Was 6-4, 3.49 in 12 starts vs. Rays.

Rays vs. Romero

Evan Longoria 6-for-23

B.J. Upton 6-for-28, HR

Ben Zobrist 8-for-28, 2 HRs

Jays vs. Price

Rajai Davis 5-for-19

Edwin Encarnacion 6-for-24, 2 HRs

Jeff Mathis 4-for-17, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Yankees, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-8. 3.91); Yankees — CC Sabathia (13-4. 3.40)

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (7-5, 4.90)

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10 Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-8, 3.58); Yankees — Hiroki Kuroda (12-9, 2.98)

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

*C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

*OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

INF Sean Rodriguez, right hand fracture, 15-day, Sept. 15

* out for season

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Number of the day

13 Issued to new OF Ben Francisco, worn last by 4-time All-Star Carl Crawford, previously by Miguel Cairo, Ozzie Guillen

Quote of the day

"How's he doing? Just look at him."

Evan Longoria, as reporters approached Elliot Johnson, his face swollen and bruised from Friday's home plate collision.

Character assignation of the day

"Two-Face"

Sam Fuld's suggestion, from comic book and Batman movie fame, to describe Johnson.

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AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 76 56 .576—

Baltimore 73 59 .553 3

Tampa Bay 72 61 .541 41/2

Boston 62 72 .463 15

Toronto 60 72 .455 16

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 75 57 .568—

Baltimore 73 59 .553—

Tampa Bay 72 61 .541 11/2

Detroit 71 61 .538 2

Los Angeles 71 62 .534 21/2

* Late game not included. Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays have some fun with bruised Elliot Johnson; new Ray Ben Francisco gets ex-All-Star Carl Crawford's number 09/01/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 2, 2012 12:14am]
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