Rays: Maddon pleased with restaurant logo; Escobar errors

Published May 22, 2014

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

Radio: 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish); no TV

Tickets: $11-200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.89)

A'S: RH Sonny Gray (5-1, 2.10)

On Cobb: Makes first start since straining left oblique on April 12. Has a 15-inning scoreless streak. Is 3-2, 2.78 in five starts vs. A's, including two of his three complete games.

On Gray: Vanderbilt product has worked six or more innings and allowed three or fewer runs in all nine starts. Has 10 wins in first 21 career games. Beat Rays in lone start on Aug. 31.

Key matchups


David DeJesus 0-for-3

James Loney 2-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-3


Yeonis Cespedes 1-for-10

Coco Crisp 7-for-15, 2 HR

Josh Reddick 0-for-10, 4 Ks

On deck

Friday: Red Sox, 7:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-2, 4.59); Red Sox — RH John Lackey (5-3, 4.01)

Saturday: Red Sox, 4:10. Rays — LH David Price (4-4, 4.28); Red Sox — RH Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33)

Sunday: Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98); Red Sox — LH Felix Doubront (2-4, 5.12)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-2, 2.63); Jays — TBA

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — TBA; Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (7-1, 2.11)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Something's cooking

Manager Joe Maddon was excited about the release of the teal-colored logo and design sketch for his South Tampa restaurant, Ava, that is set to open in mid September. "It's kinda tasty," he said. "I thought they did a good job."

Follow the bouncing ball

Pro volleyballer Nick Lucena, a Florida State alumnus, served the first pitch — a bit errantly — on Wednesday, promoting the May 30-June 1 AVP St. Petersburg Open at Spa Beach Park.

Numbers of the day

8, 7

Errors by SS Yunel Escobar this season; errors by Escobar all of last season.