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Rays: Ramos meet celebrity crush Sonders; streaking

Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; 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.

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 5.04)

RANGERS: RH Nick Tepesch (4-6, 4.84) or RH Alexi Ogando (6-4, 3.30)

On Hellickson: Has pitched well since returning from his eight-day break in the minors, allowing just three combined runs over 102/3 innings, with the Rays winning both games. Is 0-2 with a 3.18 ERA in three career starts against the Rangers.

On TBA: Tepesch was tentatively scheduled to start, but the Rangers weren't going to decide until after Monday's game. Either way, expect a few relievers to piggy­back off Tepesch if he or Ogando starts.

Key matchups

RANGERS VS. Hellickson

Elvis Andrus 1-for-11

Adrian Beltre 4-for-6, 2 HRs

Lance Berkman 2-for-5, 2 HRs

Ian Kinsler 2-for-10, HR

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports, ESPN. Rays — RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.03); Rangers — LH Derek Holland (9-9, 3.40)

Thursday: vs. Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (15-3, 3.11); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (12-9, 2.79)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (8-8, 3.42); Orioles — RH Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Chipping in

Golf Channel personality Holly Sonders was a special guest before Monday's game and was invited to hit some golf balls — along with LHP David Price — at Tropicana Field during batting practice. Sonders then chipped the ceremonial first pitch — a strike — to LHP Cesar Ramos, an avid golfer who once called Sonders his celebrity crush. "It's funny," Ramos said. "But it's a cool thing about being in sports that you get to meet a lot of people, and it just happened to work out."

Going streaking

A male streaker, wearing only white briefs, flipped over the Rangers dugout and raced onto the field just before the start of the fifth inning. The unknown man ran to second base, trying to actually steal it, before getting tackled by security and taken from the field.

Familiar faces

Not only did former Rays RHP Matt Garza pitch against Tampa Bay on Monday night, but two of the other Rays' 2008 World Series starters, RHP James Shields (Royals) and LHP Scott Kazmir (Indians), faced each other in Kansas City. "It's kind of complimentary to the organization," manager Joe Maddon said.

Rays: Ramos meet celebrity crush Sonders; streaking 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 11:14pm]
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