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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays laugh off trade rumor; Matt Moore excited about first big-league bobblehead

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Promotion: LHP Matt Moore bobblehead to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (6-6, 4.39)

MARINERS: RH Blake Beavan (4-6, 6.06)

On Moore: He has settled in after some early struggles, going 5-1 with a 3.94 ERA in eight starts since June 1. He won his only career start against the Mariners, allowing one run and striking out seven in five innings May 1.

On Beavan: He has allowed at least five earned runs in each of his past four outings. He has lost his only start against the Rays, giving up five runs in 5⅓ innings May 2.

Key matchups

Rays VS. BEAVAN

Hideki Matsui 5-for-8

Jose Molina 3-for-4

Ben Zobrist 0-for-3

MARINERS VS. MOORE

Michael Saunders 1-for-2, HR

Jesus Montero 3-for-3

Ichiro Suzuki 2-for-3

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-6, 3.55); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (8-5, 3.80).

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (13-4, 2.64); Orioles — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

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

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

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

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"We had a good guffaw over it. Almost a chortle."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on his and executive VP Andrew Friedman's reaction to a Jim Bowden tweet of a rumored deal sending James Shields and Ben Zobrist to the Angels

Honor of the day

LHP Matt Moore said there are a couple of bobbleheads of his likeness floating around the minor leagues, but he's excited to pitch today on his first big-league bobblehead giveaway. He said his mom is getting a couple of boxes of them. "I think it's awesome," Moore said. "It's pretty cool to have your own."

Dress up

One of the themed activities for today's "Star Wars Day" at Tropicana Field is a costume contest, with the winner receiving four tickets to Star Wars Celebration VI at the Orlando Convention Center on Aug. 23-26.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays laugh off trade rumor; Matt Moore excited about first big-league bobblehead 07/21/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 21, 2012 11:16pm]
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