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The Rays Tank: Familiar Faces in L.A.

Despite this being the Rays first trip to Dodger Stadium in franchise history, they will be greeted with familiar faces.

Ronald Martinez

Another off day has come and gone, but you still have quite a bit of waiting to do until the next Rays game, which does not start until 10:10 PM EST. Ugh, west coast games. This will be the first visit to Dodger Stadium in franchise history for the Rays. The Dodgers have visited Tropicana Field twice and the overall record between the two teams is 3-3.

While there’s not a lot of history between the two teams playing each other, there are some familiar faces on the Dodgers, Carl Crawford and J.P. Howell. Crawford is batting .295 with five homeruns and only 19 RBI’s in 76 games for Los Angeles this season. Howell has made 47 appearances for the Dodgers this year and has held opponents to an average of .200 while striking out 40 and allowing only 11 earned runs, boasting an ERA of 2.11.

Tonight we’ll see our ace, David Price, take the mound against Chris Capuano. Over his last ten starts, Capuano has only lasted an average of five and a third innings, allowing five earned runs four times over that span. Price, on the other hand, has averaged nearly seven and a third innings pitched in his last ten starts, which includes the May 15th appearance in which he left after 2.1 innings due to injury. However, over his last six starts, Price has thrown for nine innings a total of four times.

With no official word from the team yet, how can we decipher this tweet?

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Josh Lueke called up to <a href=";src=hash">#rays</a>.</p>&mdash; Adam Sobsey (@sobsey) <a href="">August 9, 2013</a></blockquote>

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