WHEN/WHERE: 10:05; Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Net; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM 760 (Spanish).
PITCHERS: Tampa Bay _ RHP Travis Harper. Oakland _ RHP Kevin Appier.
NOTES: Harper, who started the season in Double A, makes his second big-league start. He was 27-15 with 309 strikeouts in 365 minor-league innings. Appier is 4-3 with a 4.98 ERA in his last eight starts. Appier leads the American League in walks allowed and the Rays are last in the league in on-base percentage. Appier is 2-0 with a 3.91 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay. The Rays and A's play again this weekend at Tropicana Field.
YOU DON'T SAY
No one is sure what it is going to take to get the Rays out of their latest slump, but Roberto Hernandez has a general idea. "We need someone to step up and stop the bleeding," the reliever said. "We need something to spark us."
DEVIL RAY MILLIONAIRES NOT AVAILABLE ELECTRONICALLY, PLEASE SEE MICROFILM