LF Carl Crawford on Monday became the first Rays player to enter a game as a pinch-runner and end it with a walkoff home run. It has happened six times in the majors since 2000, most recently by Oakland's Bobby Kielty on July 17, 2005.
Number of the day
14 Rays games decided on the final pitch, matching the Rockies for most in the majors. The Rays are 7-7.
Number of the month
343 Delmon Young's July batting average, the third best month by a Rays rookie. Rocco Baldelli hit .364 in April 2003 and Randy Winn .365 in July 1998.
Today: Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 3:10, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP Jason Hammel (1-1, 5.33); Blue Jays - RHP Josh Towers (5-7, 5.08)
Rays tickets: $8-$210. Available at Tropicana Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, devilrays.com.
Rays info: (727) 825-3250
Watch for ...
Hammer time: Rays starter Jason Hammel has been impressive in two starts but limited due to a strict pitch count; today he should have the chance to work deep into the game.
Towers on the spot: Jays starter Josh Towers might have something to prove based on his comments after his previous start: "I just don't think that we consistently put ourselves in positions to make plays ahead of time. I don't think we were heads up. I don't think we consistently show up as a coaching staff and as a team every day, and I think it shows sometimes." Carl Crawford is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with four homers off him.
Day trippers: The Rays are 12-19 in day games, including 5-8 at home.
Friday: Orioles, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays - James Shields (8-6, 4.47); Orioles - Daniel Cabrera (7-11, 5.08)
Saturday: Orioles, 7:10, FSN. Rays - Scott Kazmir (7-7, 3.85); Orioles - Brian Burres (5-4, 4.12)
Sunday: Orioles, 1:40, Ch. 66. Rays - Andy Sonnanstine (1-6, 5.55); Orioles - Erik Bedard (11-4, 3.05)