of the day
42 Rays players and coaches who will wear No. 42 on April 15 in tribute to Jackie Robinson.
Table talk of the day
Durham players Jeff Niemann, Justin Ruggiano, Jae Kuk Ryu and Mitch Talbot were having dinner late Tuesday at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbus, Ohio, when cell phones started buzzing. First Ryu got a call that he was being called up (ahead of Niemann), then moments later Ruggiano got his call, making for an awkward moment. "I asked them, 'Can I smile?' " Ryu said. At least Ruggiano and Ryu picked up the check.
The dish &
Today: Rays vs. Mariners
When/where: 12:40; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
Probable pitchers: Rays — RHP Edwin Jackson (1-0, 1.50); Mariners — RHP Miguel Batista (0-1, 6.00).
Rays tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office (no service charge), by phone (888-326-7297), all Ticketmaster outlets, and on raysbaseball.com; $2 surcharge for purchases within five hours of that day's game.
Rays info: 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)
Listen for &
Going batty: Seattle starter Miguel Batista is 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA and seven saves in 21 games against the Rays. Most troubled has been Carl Crawford, who is 2-for-19 against him.
Uncharted territory: Rays starter Edwin Jackson, at 1-0, has a winning record for the first time since 2004, when he went 2-1 for the Dodgers. He has never faced the Mariners.
All right: With the Mariners starting a right-hander, left-handed hitting Eric Hinske is likely to be the DH and Nathan Haynes the starting rightfielder.
Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays — RHP James Shields (1-1, 3.00); Orioles — RHP Jeremy Guthrie (0-1, 5.11)
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays — RHP Jason Hammel (0-1, 6.00); Orioles — RHP Daniel Cabrera (0-0, 9.00)
Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, FSN. Rays — TBA; Orioles — LHP Brian Burres (1-0, 1.29)
Monday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, FSN. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (1-1, 6.00); Yankees — TBA