Number of the day
9 Seasons since the Rays last won a series in Anaheim,
dating to May 1999.
Quote of the day
"I'm a realist. I like to win, too. At the end of the day, whoever gives you the best chance to win the game, you play. That's just life."
Cliff Floyd, offering veteran perspective on being out of the lineup.
The dish …
Today: Rays at Angels
When/where: 3:35; Angel Stadium, Anaheim, Calif.
Radio: 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Probable pitchers: Rays — LHP Scott Kazmir (6-1, 1.40); Angels — RHP John Lackey (2-1, 1.70)
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 …
Special K: Rays starter Scott Kazmir is 2-1 with a 3.26 ERA in three career starts against the Angels, including a May 10 win at the Trop that started his 6-0 run. This will be his first start, however, at Angel Stadium.
Nothing lacking: Angels starter John Lackey looks to have made an impressive return from a strained triceps, making five solid starts. He does well against the Rays anyway, with an 8-1, 2.35 mark in 10 career starts.
Afternoon delight: The Rays are 11-7 in day games, though only 3-6 on the road, and 1-4 on getaway days.
Friday: Marlins, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays — RHP Andy Sonnanstine (6-3, 4.88); Marlins — RHP Ryan Tucker (1-0, 1.80)
Saturday: Marlins, 6:10, no TV. Rays — RHP Matt Garza (4-3, 4.38); Marlins — LHP Mark Hendrickson (7-4, 5.76)
Sunday: Marlins, 1:40, FSN (Marlins telecast). Rays — RHP Edwin Jackson (4-5, 4.06); Marlins — RHP Ricky Nolasco (6-4, 4.62)