Tonight: Rays at Blue Jays
By Times staff writers
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 19, 2002
WHEN/WHERE: 7:05; SkyDome, Toronto.
PITCHERS: Rays -- Joe Kennedy (5-8, 4.23); Blue Jays -- Esteban Loaiza (3-5, 5.32).
TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WFLA-AM 970.
WORTH NOTING: This will be Kennedy's first start since a seven-game suspension for throwing at Toronto's Ken Huckaby on June 6. He is 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA against the Blue Jays. ... Loaiza is 0-1 with a 19.50 ERA in two starts against the Rays this season. He has allowed 13 runs in six innings.
RAYS TICKETS: Available at Tropicana Field box office, through all Ticketmaster outlets, online at devilrays.com and 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.
Rays by the numbers
VS. EAST: 11-27
VS. CENTRAL: 6-7
VS. WEST: 5-19
VS. RH/LH STARTERS: 25-52/4-12
1-RUN/2-RUN GAMES: 12-21/6-11
EXTRA INNINGS: 7-6
LAST AT-BAT WINS: 11
FROM-BEHIND WINS: 17
FROM-AHEAD LOSSES: 31
MAKING ERROR: 12-36
HITTING HOMER: 16-33
HITTING HOMERS: 8-10
SCORING FIRST: 17-20
SCORING 4 OR MORE: 22-22
SCORING FEWER THAN 4: 7-43
OUTHITTING OPPONENTS: 21-12
BEING OUTHIT: 2-45
GETTING 10 OR MORE HITS: 20-18
GIVING UP 10 OR MORE HITS: 7-36
TYING/GO-AHEAD RBIs: Cox 20; Grieve 14; Vaughn 13; Winn 12
INFIELD HITS: Winn 18; Tyner 9; Abernathy 8; Gomez 7
BUNT HITS: Tyner 5, Winn 5
OUTFIELD ASSISTS: Winn 9; Grieve 5; Conti 4
CATCHER'S EFFICIENCY: Flaherty 12-43, .279; Hall 13-34, .382
HOME DATES: 48
HOME TOTAL: 623,584
HOME AVERAGE: 12,991
2001 AVERAGE: 16,029
LARGEST: 38,142 vs. Tigers, April 2
SMALLEST: 10,116 vs. A's, July 15
On June 19, 2001, Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield took a no-hitter into the ninth against the Rays, but centerfielder Randy Winn singled to leftfield.
Wakefield was at it again Thursday. In three innings of relief, he retired the first six batters he faced and didn't allow a hit, striking out five.
"It's hard to have a great approach against him because you don't face guys like that very often," Rays first baseman Steve Cox said. "You've got to hope that he leaves one of those knuckleballs up."
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