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Rays: Kids quiz Jennings; Scott turns 35; Myers in rare Trop home run club

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: CheerStix for kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14)

BLUE jays: RH R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15)

On Hernandez: Coming off a Friday loss in New York in which he got a season-high 17 ground balls, though six were for hits. Is 3-3, 4.35 in 7 home starts, 1-5, 5.93 in 7 road starts. Is 3-1, 4.12 in 7 starts vs. Jays.

On Dickey: Knuckleballer acquired from Mets after NL Cy Young season has yet to get in an extended groove, allowing six or more runs in 4 of past 6 starts. Is 2-2, 4.57 vs. Rays, 1-1, 3.12 in 5 Trop outings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. DICKEY

Matt Joyce 2-for-12, HR

James Loney 2-for-13

Evan Longoria 3-for-9

Jays VS. HERNANDEZ

Jose Bautista 4-for-9

Melky Cabrera 9-for-26, 2 HRs

Adam Lind 4-for-10, HR

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Colome (1-0, 1.00); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (11-0, 3.05)

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Jennings a hit with kids

CF Desmond Jennings enjoyed visiting with the Jennings Juniors at the Lake Vista and Frank Pierce rec centers in south St. Petersburg on Tuesday, part of the team's Dugout Club program. Jennings gave out T-shirts, presented an "angel fund" to help families served by the center, and took questions — the usual ones about how much he makes, whether he lives in a mansion, if he knows Evan Longoria or David Price; and this stumper, about his most stolen bases in a game (he guessed right, three). "Kids are funny, man," he said.

Birthday greetings

DH Luke Scott turned 35 Tuesday and as of late afternoon hadn't gotten any interesting gifts, though his brother Noah was en route. "Who knows with him," Scott said. "It could be something alive, it could be something he built by hand."

Interesting company

OF Wil Myers on Monday became the third Ray to homer in his first career plate appearance at the Trop. The others? Terry Shumpert and Joe Dillon.

Rays: Kids quiz Jennings; Scott turns 35; Myers in rare Trop home run club 06/25/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 11:00pm]
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