Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: RNC chairman Reince Priebus misses right with ceremonial first pitch; Alex Cobb's tumble brings reactions

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 1:10 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 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-8, 3.28)

A's: RH Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 4.62)

On Hellickson: He went seven innings in his past two starts after failing to do so in his previous 11. His 3.28 ERA moves into the AL's top 10. He is 0-0 with a 4.80 ERA in three starts against the A's. The Rays lost all three.

On McCarthy: He has had two okay starts and one bad one since returning from his latest shoulder-related DL stint, going 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA, allowing 23 hits in 16 innings. He is 3-2, 2.98 in nine games (eight starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. Mccarthy

Carlos Peña 2-for-7, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-15

Ben Zobrist 2-for-13, HR

a's VS. Hellickson

Coco Crisp 1-for-6

Cliff Pennington 3-for-6, HR

Josh Reddick 2-for-8, HR

On deck

Sunday: Off

Monday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (16-4, 2.28); Rangers — Derek Holland (8-6. 4.92)

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-7, 4.01); Rangers — Yu Darvish (12-9, 4.51)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer



AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 73 52 .584—

Tampa Bay 70 56 .556 3½

Baltimore 68 57 .544 5

Boston 60 66 .476 13½

Toronto 56 69 .448 17

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Tampa Bay 70 56 .556

Oakland 68 57 .544—

Baltimore 68 57 .544—

Detroit 67 58 .536 1

Los Angeles 66 60 .524 2½

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Guest of

the day

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus threw out the ceremonial first pitch, which was off the plate a bit, of course, to the right.

Celebration reactions

• RHP Alex Cobb, right, felt fine the morning after being knocked down by Matt Moore as the starters did a group bump after Cobb's complete game. Moore watched the replay 35 times. Cobb joked: "It looked more intentional than I thought. A little bit of aggression there."

Manager Joe Maddon admitted to a moment of concern when he saw Cobb on the ground, then relief. "I'd like for them to tone it down just a little bit," he said. "I want them all to be able to play for the rest of the year."

Tampa Bay Rays: RNC chairman Reince Priebus misses right with ceremonial first pitch; Alex Cobb's tumble brings reactions 08/24/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 24, 2012 11:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. The 10 silliest names for college football bowl games

    College

    The Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl hadn't even been officially announced when SBNation called it the silliest bowl name ever. Ten others worthy of consideration:

    Logo for the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl. [MATT BAKER | Times]
  2. Austin Pruitt faces the Blue Jays tonight at the Trop.
  3. USF football and the undefeated degree of difficulty

    College

    TAMPA — In the wake of the latest solar eclipse, USF fans eagerly await the next astronomical phenomenon.

    USF head coach Charlie Strong leads his team during practice last month in Tampa. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Nature Coast puts unbeaten streak on the line vs. IMG White

    Footballpreps

    BROOKSVILLE — Nature Coast currently rides a 22-game regular-season win streak, but first-year football coach Cory Johns was not around for any of those wins. Neither was most of his coaching staff. This is an entirely new campaign with new obstacles ahead.

    Nature Coast offensive lineman Louis Miele (66) blocks a Sunlake defensive player during the Clash 4 Clayton football scrimmage and fundraiser Aug. 12 at Springstead High School.
  5. Crosstown rivals Bloomingdale-Newsome kick off season

    Footballpreps

    LITHIA — In a week filled with area football rivalries, there is a game on the east side of Hillsborough County — Bloomingdale vs. Newsome — that has matured into a classic crosstown battle, complete with classic cliches.

    Bloomingdale wide receiver Ed Amos charges through a drill a few days before the big rivalry game against Newsome on Friday night.