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Rays: Good deeds; big honor

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $14-$210, available at the Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, and team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotion: Historic moment canvas with Tampa Bay Times ticket tandem.

Probable pitchers:

Rays: RH Alex Colome (1-0, 1.00)

Tigers: RH Max Scherzer (11-0, 3.05)

On Colome: Makes his third career start. Faced Marlins and Yankees without giving up an earned run (though four unearned). Was 4-6, 3.07 in 14 starts at Triple-A Durham.

On Scherzer: Tied for the majors lead with 11 wins. Seeking to become first starter to win first 12 decisions to begin a season since Roger Clemens in 1986. Is 2-2, 2.64 in five starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Scherzer

Yunel Escobar11-for-28 HR

Kelly Johnson4-for-13

James Loney5-for-17, HR

Evan Longoria2-for-11, HR

Tigers vs. Colome

None have faced

On deck

Saturday: Tigers, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Chris Archer (2-3, 4.21); Tigers — Justin Verlander (8-5. 3.90)

Sunday: Tigers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-3, 5.11); Tigers — Rick Porcello (4-5. 5.27)

Monday: at Astros, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-3, 3.95); Astros — Dallas Keuchel (4-4, 4.34)

Tuesday: at Astros, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (4-9, 4.98); Astros — Erik Bedard (3-3, 4.44)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Good deeds of the day

• Pitchers David Price and Matt Moore will visit south St. Petersburg rec centers today as part of the team's "Dugout Club" program. They will hand out T-shirts and provide an "angel fund" to help families who use the centers.

• Third baseman Evan Longoria (right) will read to children at the Platt library in Tampa and pitcher Chris Archer will do so at the Childs Park YMCA in St. Petersburg as part of the "Reading with the Rays" program.

Honor of the day

Infielder Riley Unroe, the Rays' second-round draft pick this year, was named to Baseball America's high school All-America team. Catcher Nick Ciuffo, the Rays' first-round pick, was a third-team selection.

Number of the day


Hours and minutes between Wednesday afternoon's last pitch to tonight's first

Quote of the day

"It's like the All-Star break. I feel like, 'What do I do with myself?' "

manager Joe Maddon

Rays: Good deeds; big honor 06/27/13 [Last modified: Thursday, June 27, 2013 8:32pm]
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