By MARC TOPKIN
Published August 5, 2007
Did you know?
All-Star LF Carl Crawford got a lot accomplished before turning 26 today. Among players under 26, Crawford has the eighth-most steals (262) and 10th-most triples (73) since 1900 and the 17th-most hits (928) since World War II.
Number of the day
.366 Delmon Young's batting average with runners in scoring position.
Quote of the day
"We see (Erik) Bedard way too often. That's part of the dilemma also."
Manager Joe Maddon, on the Rays' struggles (2-9) against the Orioles. Bedard starts today.
Today: Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 1:40 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Ch. 66; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP Andy Sonnanstine (1-6, 5.55); Orioles - LHP Erik Bedard (11-4, 3.05)
Promotion: Rays lunch boxes to the first 7,500 kids 14 and under.
Rays tickets: $8-$210. Available at Tropicana Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, devilrays.com.
Rays info: (727) 825-3250
Watch for ...
Erik the great: Erik Bedard is 9-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 18 games against the Rays. LF Carl Crawford is 10-for-45 (.222) with 15 strikeouts, B.J. Upton 3-for-19 (.158) with eight strikeouts, Jonny Gomes 3-for-18 (.167) with seven strikeouts and Delmon Young 1-for-12 (.083) with four strikeouts.
Dandy Andy: Manager Joe Maddon insists rookie Andy Sonnanstine is better than his W-L shows, and his strikeout-walk ratio of 51-13 and log of 10 starts with six or more innings back that up.