Rays: Cobb, Happ bond over beanings; Lobaton's ice cream

Published Aug. 19, 2013

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (6-5, 3.28)

ORIOLES: RH Chris Tillman (14-3, 3.70)

On Price: Allowed four runs — all with two outs — in seven innings Wednesday in a no-decision against the Mariners, the first time in nine starts since coming off the DL he exited the game with the Rays losing. Is undefeated in seven starts in Camden Yards (3-0, 3.20).

On Tillman: Has won four of his past six starts, allowing three earned runs or fewer in each. Is 2-5, 4.77 in 10 career starts against the Rays, including 1-2, 4.76 in three starts this season.

Key matchups


Evan Longoria 9-for-21, 3 HRs

Matt Joyce 4-for-19, HR

Kelly Johnson 3-for-8, HR


Nick Markakis 10-for-39

Matt Wieters 10-for-32, HR

Chris Davis 3-for-10

On deck

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (7-2, 2.94; Orioles — RH Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84)

Wednesday: at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.91); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.23)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (6-13, 5.00); Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66)

Rays disabled list

• DH Luke Scott, back spasms, 15-day, eligible Aug. 30

• OF Brandon Guyer, broken finger, 15-day, eligible Aug. 17

• LHP Matt Moore, elbow soreness, 15-day, eligible Aug. 13

• RHP Jesse Crain, shoulder strain, 60-day, eligible Aug. 29

Reunion of the day

Rays RHP Alex Cobb said he and Blue Jays LHP J.A. Happ share a unique bond, having both been struck in the head by a line drive on the same Tropicana Field mound this summer. Though they didn't know each other before, the starters shared stories via text message as they recovered (Cobb from a mild concussion, Happ from a sprained right knee and skull fracture). And after both Cobb and Happ returned to the Trop mound last week, they got to chat in person before Sunday's series finale, saying they'll stay in touch. Said Happ: "I'd say that we're going to be linked together for this, possibly forever."

Gift of the day

C Jose Lobaton typically gets a cup of ice cream or an ice cream sandwich after each home run. But following Sunday's walkoff homer in the 10th, Lobaton said he received 10 ice creams from teammates. Manager Joe Maddon topped it off by giving him a tub of ice cream before they boarded the plane to Baltimore. "OMG I need to eat this before it melts," Lobaton tweeted.