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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,, 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]
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