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Tampa Bay Rays: Results of perceived upgrades involving Peña, Scott vs. Kotchman, Damon; Damon lives on in clubhouse

Rays vs. Indians

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 (4-5, 4.89)

Indians: RH Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40)

On Cobb: He beat the Indians on July 6 in his last start, overcoming a shaky first inning. Of concern: He has allowed a .327 average with runners in scoring position and has given up 27 hits in his last 19⅓ innings.

On McAllister: In his last game before the break, he retired 13 of the first 14 Rays but ended up with a no-decision. He has averaged nearly a strikeout an inning and one or no walks in five of seven starts.

Key matchups

Rays vs. McAllister

Desmond Jennings 1-for-3

Carlos Peña 1-for-3

Indians vs. Cobb

Asdrubal Cabrera 2-for-3

Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (5-6, 4.42); Indians — Josh Tomlin (5-5, 5.45)

Comparison shopping

In a bid to upgrade their offense, the Rays signed 1B Carlos Peña and DH Luke Scott to replace 1B Casey Kotchman and DH/OF Johnny Damon, who both went to Cleveland. How it has worked out so far:

Player Avg., HR RBI OPS Sal.

Peña .199 13 37 .697 $7.25M

Kotchman .238 9 36 .672 $3M

Player Avg. HR RBI OPS Sal.

Scott .200 11 42 .657 $5M

Damon .219 4 17 .629 $1.5M

Neon legacy

Johnny Damon is no longer a Ray, but he is not forgotten, as the neon Captain Morgan/Rays bar sign that hung next to his locker is still a key part of their postgame celebration. "The guys who were here last year all kind of agreed on it," said CF B.J. Upton, who took Damon's locker. "It's something that we did all last year and had fun with it, so why stop?"

Tampa Bay Rays: Results of perceived upgrades involving Peña, Scott vs. Kotchman, Damon; Damon lives on in clubhouse 07/15/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 12:59am]
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