Rays at White Sox
When/Where: 2:10 today; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago
TV/Radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
LH David Price (0-2, 5.52)
RH Dylan Axelrod (0-1, 3.80)
0-for-April: Price feels he has pitched better than his numbers indicate, but it is the first time the Rays have lost five straight games he has started. He is 2-4, 3.46 vs. the White Sox, including his 20th win last year.
Axe Man: Axelrod is winless in four starts but usually keeps his team in the game. He faced the Rays once in relief last September, allowing 3 runs in 1⅔ IP. Has a 0.77 home ERA in two starts.
Rays vs. Axelrod
Yunel Escobar 1-for-2
Kelly Johnson 2-for-5, HR
Matt Joyce 1-for-1, HR
White Sox vs. Price
Paul Konerko 9-for-18, HR
Alexei Ramirez 3-for-16
Alex Rios 8-for-16, 2 HRs
Tuesday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82); Royals — RH James Shields (1-2, 3.09)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
The Rays' Triple-A Durham team earned the No. 2 spot on ESPN's top plays of Friday by turning a triple play vs. Toledo, 3B Cole Figueroa to 2B Vince Belnome to 1B Chris Gimenez.
The Rays have homered in 13 straight games, matching the second-longest streak in franchise history:
Close call of the day
Rays TV reporter Kelly Nash, in Boston on assignment, stopped by Fenway Park and was taking a picture of herself atop the Green Monster during batting practice Saturday when she narrowly avoided being hit by a ball. Nash said she had "no idea" how close it came until she looked at the photo (right) to text it to family, then found the ball a row in front of her. She pointed out she had with her the DVD of her favorite movie, Angels in the Outfield.