Rays Report

By Times staff
Published September 28, 2007

Player quote of the day

"That's what makes a good book. It has conflict, a resolution and happy ending. That's a feel-good book."

Rays MVP Carlos Pena, on his season


Owner quote of the day

"It's the most exciting last-place year we've had, and it's hopefully going to be the last exciting last-place year we expect to have."

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg, on the season

Big number of the day

44 Home runs by Pena, third-most in the majors behind the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (53) and the Brewers' Prince Fielder (50).

Tonight: Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: No TV; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP Andy Sonnanstine(6-9, 5.80); Jays - RHP Dustin McGowan (11-10, 4.07)

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

Listen for ...

Dandy Andy: Sonnanstine has been on a roll, winning four straight decisions and five of his past six after a 1-8 start. With 1962/3 innings between Triple-A Durham and the majors, he can be the third member of the rotation to exceed 200 innings.

Bad memories: Sonnanstine made his first major-league start June 5 at Toronto and left with a 10-6 lead, but the Rays (who'd earlier been up 8-1) lost 12-11.

Dust-up: Jays starter McGowan is 1-0 with a 3.32 ERA in four games against the Rays.


On deck

Saturday: at Toronto, 1:07, no TV. Rays - Edwin Jackson (5-15, 5.96); Jays - Jesse Litsch (7-9, 3.94)

Sunday: at Toronto, 1:07, FSN. Rays - Jason Hammel (2-5, 6.08); Jays - A.J. Burnett (9-7, 3.40)

End of season