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Rays news and notes: Fuld and his scrapes; Price and his puppet; Rays and their quick climb to .500

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Probable starters

RAYS: RHP Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.32)

SOX: RHP Gavin Floyd (1-1, 4.29)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Standing tall: Niemann's April 10 start at Chicago didn't go well as he was pulled in the third after allowing five runs, and he wasn't happy about it. He is 2-3, 4.18 in five games vs. the Sox.

Sleepy Floyd: April is usually a rough month for Floyd, though he was sharp vs. the Rays in that April 10 game, allowing only an unearned run over eight innings. Overall he is 3-1, 2.48 against the Rays.

Key matchups:

Rays vs. Floyd

Johnny Damon 11-for-19, HR

Casey Kotchman 2-for-12

Ben Zobrist 3-for-12, 2 HRs

Sox vs. Niemann

Gordon Beckham 5-for-8, HR

Paul Konerko 3-for-13, 2 HRs

A.J. Pierzynski 6-for-13

On deck

Friday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.50); Jays — Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 6.75)

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, Fox Sports Florida. Rays — David Price (2-2, 2.83); Jays — TBA

Sunday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (1-1, 3.07); Jays — Ricky Romero (1-2, 3.12)

Monday: Off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I feel like I should be a Band-Aid spokesperson; I'm keeping them in business."

OF Sam Fuld, given all the cuts and scrapes from his reckless catches

A pitcher and a puppet

There's not much to say about this photo of ace LHP David Price overly enjoying the DJ Kitty Hand Puppet before taping a promo spot for the July 3 giveaway. Said manager Joe Maddon: "He's the right guy."

Number of the day

2 Teams, of the 44 since 1900 that started a season 0-6, to get back to .500 in April: the 1991 Mariners and the 2011 Rays.

Rays news and notes: Fuld and his scrapes; Price and his puppet; Rays and their quick climb to .500 04/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 21, 2011 12:31am]

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