Getting up to date, Friday edition
The Rays are slumping, but Fox TV still considers them a big deal.
Fox said today it has added the Aug. 30 home game against Baltimore to its national broadcast schedule. That's good exposure for the Rays and Tropicana Field, though it does require the game time to be moved up from 7:10 to 3:55. The Rays also added a post-game concert that day, featuring the Bradenton-based alternative pop-rock band, We the Kings.
Fox had previously picked up the Aug. 23 game at Chicago.
As for today's trade rumors and speculation, the latest of many names the Rays have been linked to is Orioles closer George Sherrill, though the same Newark Star-Ledger piece says Baltimore is unlikely to trade him within the division.