By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 7, 2002
TONIGHT: RAYS VS. PADRES
WHEN/WHERE: 7:15; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.
TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WFLA-AM 970. PITCHERS: Padres -- RHP Brian Lawrence (5-3, 3.54); Rays -- RHP Ryan Rupe (5-6, 4.85).
WORTH NOTING: Rupe is 2-1 with a 2.57 ERA in his past three starts. He has the seventh-best strikeout to walk ratio in the American League (54-16) and is ninth with a .230 batting average against and fewest walks per nine innings (2.1). ... Lawrence allowed three runs on seven hits in 71/3 innings against the Brewers on June 1. He struck out a career-high 10.
RAYS TICKETS: Available at Tropicana Field box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at devilrays.com or ticketmaster.com and at the Rays Dugout Store at WestShore Plaza. Beach tickets ($5 for adults, $2 for children and seniors) go on sale two hours before home games.
INFORMATION: Call toll-free 1-888-FAN-RAYS.
Details of the team meeting manager Hal McRae called before Wednesday's game were hard to come by. But McRae did offer this Thursday: "I did the majority of the talking. Milt (May, hitting coach) did talk a little bit. Players were invited to talk. I mentioned that to captain (Greg) Vaughn and he turned it over to the young captain (Brent Abernathy). We got a big kick out of that."
RAYS BY THE NUMBERS
VS. EAST: 9-24
VS. CENTRAL: 6-7
VS. WEST: 4-8
VS. NL: 0-0
VS. RH/LH STARTERS: 17-31/2-8
AHEAD AFTER 6/7/8: 12-7/12-6/14-4
BEHIND AFTER 6/7/8: 3-25/3-30/1-31
TIED AFTER 6/7/8: 4-7/4-3/4-4
ONE-RUN/TWO-RUN GAMES: 8-9/3-9
EXTRA INNINGS: 3-2
LAST AT-BAT WINS: 7
COME-FROM-BEHIND WINS: 10
COME-FROM-AHEAD LOSSES: 20
HITTING HOMER: 10-20
SCORING FIRST: 11-11
SCORING 4 OR MORE: 13-10
SCORING FEWER THAN 4: 6-28
OUTHITTING OPPONENTS: 11-3
BEING OUTHIT: 1-30
GETTING 10 OR MORE HITS: 11-9
GIVING UP 10 OR MORE HITS: 7-23
TYING/GO-AHEAD RBIs: Vaughn 11; Grieve 9; Winn 8; Cox 7; Gomez 6; Abernathy, Johnson 5; Conti, Flaherty 3; Escalona, Sandberg 2; Huff 1.
INFIELD HITS: Winn 13; Abernathy, Gomez 5; Vaughn 4.
BUNT HITS: Winn 4.
CATCHER'S EFFICIENCY: Flaherty (3-17, .176), Hoover (1-2, .500).
OUTFIELD ASSISTS: Winn 7; Grieve 5.
HOME DATES: 28
HOME TOTAL: 371,003
HOME AVERAGE: 13,250
2001 AVERAGE: 16,029
LARGEST: 38,142 vs. Tigers, April 2
SMALLEST: 10,130 vs. Athletics, May 30
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