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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon sends Buck Showalter congratulatory wine; B.J. Upton may be saying farewell

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-210, 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 (9-11, 3.20)

ORIOLES: RH Chris Tillman (9-2, 2.78)

On Hellickson: Has one win in his past seven starts but has allowed three earned runs or fewer in six. Is 5-3, 2.49 in 11 appearances (10 starts) against the Orioles.

On Tillman: Has been one of the O's most consistent pitchers, allowing a combined four earned runs in past five starts. Is 1-2, 4.68 in six starts against Rays.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. TILLMAN

Evan Longoria 4-for-10, HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-16, 2 HRs

Matt Joyce 3-for-9

ORIOLES VS. HELLICKSON

Adam Jones 8-for-26, 3 HRs

Robert Andino 2-for-14

J.J. Hardy 6-for-25, HR

Shields superlatives

• First pitcher to lose with 15+ Ks, 0 BB, 2 hits or fewer

• Second pitcher to lose with 15+ Ks, 0 BB and 1 earned run or fewer (Dwight Gooden, 1984)

• Third pitcher to lose in complete game with 15+ Ks and 2 hits or fewer

• Fifth pitcher to lose 1-0 with 15 Ks. (First since Pedro Martinez vs. Rays, May 6, 2000)

All since 1918, per baseball-reference.com

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"In a couple days, the wildlife of America better watch out, because I'm taking out all my frustration on God's furry little creatures."

DH Luke Scott, an avid hunter, joking about his immediate postseason plans

Swan song?

With CF B.J. Upton heading for free agency, and likely a large payday, tonight could be his last game in a Rays uniform. Upton has been with Tampa Bay his entire career (since getting drafted No. 2 overall in 2002), the team's longest-tenured player.

Gesture of the day

Manager Joe Maddon sent Orioles manager Buck Showalter a "nice bottle of red wine," as congratulations for their season. "One of my faves," Maddon said. Showalter appreciated the gesture and said he hoped to partake in it after tonight's regular-season finale.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon sends Buck Showalter congratulatory wine; B.J. Upton may be saying farewell 10/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 11:08pm]
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