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Rays Aim For Game Two Against The Marlins

The Tampa Bay Rays (37-33) take on the slumping Florida Marlins (32-38), hoping to take the second game of the 2011 Citrus Series schedule. The Marlins, who started the season hot, have gone 1-16 in the month of June, being outscored by 44 runs since the first.

Scheduled to start for the Rays, rookie Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.57 ERA, 3.49 FIP) looks to keep his strong pattern going. Making his fifth career start, Cobb has allowed only 1 run in his last 2 games, pitching or through into the 6th inning in his last 3 starts.

Toeing the mound for Marlins, Ricky Nolasco (4-2, 4.23 ERA, 3.55 FIP) hopes for his fortunes to improve. The Rays will have no shortage of challenge against Nolasco, who strikes out a lot of batters and walks very few. During the Marlins' recent losing streak, Nolasco has been a bit more inconsistent than usual, going 7 and 1/3 strong innings on the 8th of June, but only 3 innings on Monday, his last start.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m. ET at Tropicana Field (tickets)
Television: Sun Sports HD (and FS-F HD for the Marlins' broadcast)
Radio: WDAE 620, WGES 680


American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
New York 39 29 .573 0 Lost 1
Detroit 38 32 .542 2 Lost 1
Tampa Bay 37 33 .528 3 Won 1
Seattle 36 34 .514 4 Won 2
Toronto 35 35 .500 5 Won 1
Los Angeles 34 37 .478 6.5 Won 1
Chicago 33 38 .464 7.5 Lost 3
Baltimore 31 37 .455 8 Lost 2
Kansas City 31 39 .442 9 Won 1
Oakland 31 40 .436 9.5 Won 3
Minnesota 29 39 .426 10 Won 5

(updated 6.18.2011 at 7:08 PM EDT)



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