• Manager Joe Maddon will miss the first two games of this series to attend his girlfriend’s graduation from law school. Former longtime Durham Bulls manager and current Rays bench coach, Bill Evers will take over in Maddon’s absence. [St. Pete Times]
  • In the last 20 games. D-Ray starters have the second best ERA in the AL (3.43).
  • Last season, Tampa was 3-15 in interleague play and 0-6 against the Marlins. They were 15-3 in 2004.
  • Florida is 11-28, 0.5 game ahead of Kansas City for the worst record in baseball. They have lost 4 in a row and 10 of 13.
  • The Marlins have the major’s youngest team with an average age of 26.5. The Rays are the 6th youngest at 28.8.

Probable Pitchers
Friday, 7:15 et

Florida Brian Moehler, RHP (1-4, 8.23)
Devil Rays Casey Fossum, LHP (1-2, 5.24)

Saturday, 7:15 et
Florida Josh Johnson, RHP (3-2, 2.93)
Devil Rays Doug Waechter, RHP (0-2, 7.04)

Sunday, 1:15 et
Florida Dontrelle Willis, LHP (1-4, 6.22)
Devil Rays Scott Kazmir, LHP (5-2, 2.94)

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