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Rays: A friend's bobblehead day, Loney's tear

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.71)

Jays: LH Mark Buehrle (1-2, 6.43)

Bad stretch: Hellickson was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA on the road trip. He is 3-2 with a 2.89 ERA against the Jays.

Bad memories: With the White Sox in 2009, Buehrle threw a perfect game at the Rays. He is 8-3, 4.19 in 18 games against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buehrle

Evan Longoria 5-for-18

Jose Molina 10-for-27, HR

Sean Rodriguez 4-for-7

Jays vs. Hellickson

Jose Bautista 4-for-11, HR

E. Encarnacion 6-for-17, HR

Colby Rasmus 3-for-15

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Alumni of the day

Vinny Castilla threw out the first pitch and was featured on Sunday's bobblehead giveaway, a fitting tribute for one of the Rockies' most popular players. Castilla, 45, who is in uniform for home games as a special assistant, said he regrets his time with the Devil Rays didn't work out better. "I have no hard feelings," he said. "Sometimes you hit some bumps in the road." He still holds the record for the longest homer at the Trop (478 feet, 2001).

James Loney stats


batting average


plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league leaderboard; 3.1 per team game needed


three-hit games, most in the majors, first AL player to do so in 30 team games since 2009 (Boston's Dustin Pedroia)

Quote of the day

"I'm looking forward to seeing whatever we got."

Jeremy Hellickson, Rays RHP, on what type of "entertainment" the team can expect from manager Joe Maddon on this homestand after the last one featured a DJ, magician, cockatoo and penguins

Rays: A friend's bobblehead day, Loney's tear 05/05/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 5, 2013 10:39pm]
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