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Tampa Bay Rays: Team to travel 1950s-style; Casey Kotchman grossed out by gum

Rays vs. Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH Wade Davis (8-7, 4.55)

ROYALS: RH Felipe Paulino (1-4, 4.19)

Tickets: $9-210 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Wadin' in: Davis got roughed up by the Royals July 22 in his first start off the DL and has won his next two, though not with style points. In three starts, he is 1-1, 3.26 vs. K.C.

Felipe's flips: Paulino has been better as a starter for the Royals (1-4, 3.78) than a reliever for the Rockies (0-4, 7.36) or a swingman for the Astros (6-21, 5.83). He lost to the Rays on July 24.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Paulino

Desmond Jennings 2-for-3

Casey Kotchman 2-for-4

Ben Zobrist 2-for-3

Royals vs. Davis

Billy Butler 1-for-9, HR

Melky Cabrera 1-for-6

Alex Gordon 3-for-6, HR

On deck

Thursday: Royals, 12:10 p.m., no TV. Rays — Jeff Niemann (6-4, 3.58); Royals — Danny Duffy (3-5, 5.08)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-10, 3.89); Yankees — CC Sabathia (16-6, 2.81)

Saturday: at Yankees, 4:10 p.m., Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05); Yankees — Phil Hughes (2-4, 7.11)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-9, 2.80); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Travel plans of the day

The Rays are going old-school in taking a train from New York to Boston after Sunday's game, and to get in the proper mind-set manager Joe Maddon has requested they all wear 1950s-style hats. "We're paying respect to the '55 Dodgers and their train traveling by wearing a fedora," he said. "It'll be fun walking in there, and if guys want to 'pimp' it up and wear the suit with the hat, I'm cool with that." Even better, a real '55 Dodger, senior adviser Don Zimmer, is planning to make the trip.

Quote of the day

"That was a mouthful it looked like."

Casey Kotchman, on the large wad of gum OF Justin Ruggiano and LHP David Price left on home plate after his walkoff homer Monday.

Tampa Bay Rays: Team to travel 1950s-style; Casey Kotchman grossed out by gum 08/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 10:55pm]
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