Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, June 24th
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (38-32) at Philadelphia Phillies (34-38), 1:05 & 6:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Tampa Bay - David Price (9-4, 3.08)
Philadelphia - Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)
Game Two: Tampa Bay - Cesar Ramos (1-0, 2.08)
Philadelphia - Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48)
(Sports Network) - Since a two-game losing streak, Cole Hamels has fashioned
back-to-back victories. The Phillies southpaw aims to continue his recent
success this afternoon in the opener of a day/night doubleheader when
Philadelphia concludes its series against Tampa Bay.
Hamels tossed eight frames in a win against the Rockies Tuesday and prior to
that struggled after giving up six earned runs at Minnesota, but still came
out with the victory. His only start against the Rays resulted in a loss when
he allowed five runs over 3 2/3 innings.
Due to Friday's rainout, the Rays are hoping David Price can pitch deep into
the opener. That's because the plan for Tampa Bay is to use multiple relievers
in the nightcap.
Price has won three of his last four starts. The lefty is coming off a victory
at Washington Tuesday and has given up one earned run or less in four of his
last six starts. He is 5-1 with a 3.40 ERA over his last seven starts on the
This will be Price's second career regular season appearance against the
The Rays are planning on taking advantage of a new rule in baseball where
teams can have 26 players active for day-night doubleheaders. The problem for
the Rays is the number is actually 25 because reliever Joel Peralta is serving
a suspension for a pine tar incident during Tuesday's game against the
Because of this, Tampa Bay is expected to start Cesar Ramos in the night
contest. The lefty, who will pitch just two days after his 28th birthday, will
make his first start and 10th appearance of 2012. Ramos has started just twice
over 87 major league appearances and hasn't done so since 2009 with San Diego.
Cliff Lee was the expected starter Friday night, but will go on extra rest for
the Phillies, hoping to get win No. 1 this year. Lee has posted back-to-back
no-decisions, including last Saturday's 6-5 loss at Toronto.
Lee was roughed up for five runs and a season-high 12 hits in seven innings.
He has definitely given the Phillies enough innings this season (77 2/3) and
has lasted at least six innings in each of his starts this season. Lee,
though, has given up two or more runs in six straight outings.
The southpaw is 0-3 in five home starts and 6-5 with a 2.87 ERA in 13 career
starts against the Rays.
Jim Thome's pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the
Phillies to a 7-6 win yesterday afternoon.
Jonathan Papelbon (2-2) blew his first save of the season in the top of the
ninth after giving up two runs. But Thome led off the bottom of the frame with
a blast to left off Jake McGee (2-2) to make Papelbon the winning pitcher.
Thome became the all-time leader in the modern era (1900-present) with 13
"These are moments you never know how long you'll have them," Thome said.
Juan Pierre hit a three-run homer for the Phillies, who have won three of four
since a three-game skid. Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run home run and Carlos Ruiz
had an RBI.
Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick gave up three runs -- two earned -- on six
hits over four innings.
Jeff Keppinger, who was activated from the disabled list on Friday, went 5-
for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. James Shields, Sean Rodriguez and
Brooks Conrad each knocked in a run, but the Rays lost for the seventh time in
Shields allowed five runs on seven hits in a five-inning start. He struck out
seven and walked one.
"We've been giving it up a little bit, and we have not gotten it on our side,"
Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "And that will come back to us."
The Phillies lost two of three meetings with Tampa Bay back in 2009, one year
after beating the Rays in the World Series.
06/24 10:33:36 ET