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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays struggling to find a cleanup hitter; Joe Maddon needs heavy armored vehicle to move wine collection to new house

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (5-8, 4.60)

Jays: RH Carlos Villanueva (6-1, 3.19)

On Cobb: Coming off strong back-to-back outings in which he allowed only four earned runs in 14 innings for a 2.57 ERA. Had a 6.93 ERA in previous five starts.

On Villanueva: Pushed back from Tuesday to go to the Dominican Republic for a personal matter. Former Brewer went 4-0, 2.54 in first five starts after joining rotation, then lost at Seattle. Is 0-1, 17.28 in limited action vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. VILLANUEVA

Jeff Keppinger 5-for-12

B.J. Upton 2-for-6

Ben Zobrist 3-for-5, 3 HRs

Jays VS. COBB

None have faced

On deck

Thursday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10, no TV. Rays — Matt Moore (8-7, 3.84); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (7-8, 4.47)

Friday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 3.43); Twins — Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.81)

Saturday: at Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (14-4, 2.49); Twins — Nick Blackburn (4-7, 7.42)

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

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

DH Luke Scott, oblique strain, 15-day, Aug. 5

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Telling stat of the day

3

Players who hit cleanup for the Rays this season and were designated for assignment: Brooks Conrad, Hideki Matsui, Drew Sutton.

Quote of the day

"The Brinks truck will be by to take the wine over."

Oenophile/manager Joe Maddon, who is moving from one Tampa house to another.

Numbers of the day

22

Consecutive innings without a run until the 2nd Tuesday.

38

Consecutive innings without multiple runs, until the 3rd Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays struggling to find a cleanup hitter; Joe Maddon needs heavy armored vehicle to move wine collection to new house 08/07/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:34pm]
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