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Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez considered ninth-inning bunt; Rays join Dodgers, kind of, in dubious feat

Almost controversy of the day

Sean Rodriguez, the Rays' 27th hitter Wednesday, said he considered going against baseball's unwritten rule and trying to bunt his way on in the ninth inning because it was a 1-0 game. But once he got to a 2-and-0 count, he believed he had a chance to drive a fastball into a gap or out of the park.

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 64 53 .547—

Tampa Bay 63 54 .538

Detroit 63 55 .534 .5

Oakland 61 55 .526 1.5

Los Angeles 61 56 .521 2*

* Late game not included

Accomplishment of the day

Joe Maddon is the first manager, winning or losing, to be ejected from a perfect game.

Perfect distinction of the day

The Rays became the first team to have three perfect games thrown against them in regular-season play. The Dodgers have also been on the wrong end three times: by Montreal's Dennis Martinez in 1991 (left), by Cincinnati's Tom Browning in 1988 and by the Yankees' Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series.

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays LH David Price (15-4, 2.50)

Angels: RH Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68)

On Price: Tied for majors lead with 15 wins, including seven straight, along with 10 consecutive quality starts. Is 3-2, 3.48 in seven starts vs. Angels, including April 24 complete-game shutout.

On Haren: Back issues have been a problem. Has allowed 174 baserunners in 125 innings, including 20 homers. Is 7-3, 2.60 in 12 starts vs. Rays, including a July 27 win.

Rays vs. Haren

Jeff Keppinger 7-for-14, HR

Carlos Peña 4-for-19, 3 HRs

B.J. Upton 9-for-29, 4 HRs

Angels vs. Price

Torii Hunter 6-for-16

Albert Pujols 0-for-4

Mark Trumbo 4-for-9, HR

On deck

Friday: at Angels, 10:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (10-7, 4.02); Angels — Jered Weaver (15-2, 2.22)

Saturday: at Angels, 9:30, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08); Angels — C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.32)

Sunday: at Angels, 3:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (9-7, 3.60); Angels — Zack Greinke (1-1, 5.54)

Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez considered ninth-inning bunt; Rays join Dodgers, kind of, in dubious feat 08/15/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:56pm]

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