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Tampa Bay Rays: Stan Boroski takes the field for the first time; home-road scoring gap threatens record set by former Milwaukee club

Rays at Brewers

When/where: 2:10 today; Miller Park, Milwaukee

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (7-6, 3.61)

BREWERS: RHP Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.85)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is in a bit of a funk (by his own hight standards), winless in his past two starts and lasting only five innings vs. Boston last time out. He remains tough on left-handers, allowing a .163 average. He is 2-3, 6.07 in five starts in NL parks.

Hip to the task: Marcum left his last start after one inning with a left hip flexor strain but plans to take the mound. The former Blue Jay is holding batters to a .215 average, though he is not as tough on lefties as he used to be. He is 2-2, 3.17 in eight games vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Marcum

Evan Longoria 5-for-14

Sean Rodriguez 7-for-13, HR

Ben Zobrist 5-for-10

Brewers vs. Price

Yuniesky Betancourt 0-for-1

Carlos Gomez 0-for-2

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Astros, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-4, 2.40); Astros — Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 2.88)

Saturday: at Astros, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (6-5, 4.57); Astros — Bud Norris (4-5, 3.26)

Sunday: at Astros, 2:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 4.82); Astros — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Big-league visit

After 26 years in the game, Stan Boroski, right, the assistant to the pitching coach, made it into a big-league game Monday. Sort of. Boroski, filling in for Jim Hickey, made two mound visits, the first time he'd been on the field during a game. He had filled in previously for bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, and once before for Hickey but didn't get to the mound.

The Rays, Milwaukee and a World Series

This is the Rays' first trip to Milwaukee, but there is a tie, at least statistically. By averaging 5.05 runs a game on the road and 3.17 at home for a difference of 1.88, the Rays, according to Stats, LLC, are threatening the "record" of 1.97 set by the 1957 Milwaukee Braves team that won the Series.

Stat of the day

.177 Rays major league-low batting average with the bases loaded.

Tampa Bay Rays: Stan Boroski takes the field for the first time; home-road scoring gap threatens record set by former Milwaukee club 06/21/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:30pm]
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