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Rays: Myers' defense, Niemann visits

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $40-$210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers:

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 4.90)

white sox:

RH Dylan Axelrod (3-4, 4.57)

On Hellickson: Has won his past three starts (1.42 ERA). Is 0-2 with 5.40 ERA in two starts vs. White Sox, including allowing five runs in six innings in April 25 loss.

On Axelrod: Winless in his past six starts. Has given up 25 hits over his past three. Is 0-0 with a 5.87 ERA in two appearances (one start) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. axelrod

Matt Joyce2-for-4, 2 HRs

Kelly Johnson 2-for-7, HR

Jose Lobaton 1-for-2, HR

white sox vs. Hellickson

Alex Rios 2-for-4, HR

Alexei Ramirez3-for-6

Adam Dunn 1-for-5, HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. White Sox, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Matt Moore (11-3, 3.65); White Sox — Chris Sale (5-7, 2.79).

Wil's web gems

Touted rookie RF Wil Myers has impressed with his power at the plate during his first month in the big leagues. In Thursday's first inning vs. the Astros, Myers showed off his glove, racing in for a sliding catch on a shallow pop fly and diving into the right-centerfield gap for the final out. Myers said it was the first time he had made two highlight grabs in the same inning: "That was pretty cool."

Visitor of the day

RHP Jeff Niemann (right), out all season after April right shoulder surgery, dropped by the clubhouse Thursday morning. Niemann, a Houston native, is rehabbing in Arlington, Texas. He hasn't begun a throwing program. Teammates said he's staying positive and ready to bounce back next year.

Quote of the day

"That's a tough getaway-day game. I know Houston has been struggling, but they gave us all we could handle."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on taking three of four from Houston (31-55), which has the worst record in the American League

Rays: Myers' defense, Niemann visits 07/04/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 4, 2013 11:36pm]

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