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Rays: Special day for blind fan

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $11-$200, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Chris Archer (9-7, 3.22)

JAYS: RH Brandon Morrow (2-3, 5.63)

On Archer: Fresh off signing an eight-year deal, he finished third in the AL rookie of the year race last season and had a strong spring. Is 1-0, 1.65 in three career starts against the Jays.

On Morrow: He missed most of last season with an impinged nerve in his forearm and ended the spring by striking out eight in 5⅔ shutout innings Saturday against the Mets. Is 5-6, 3.72 in 16 career appearances (12 starts) vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. MORROW

D. Jennings 7-for-13, 4 HRs

D. DeJesus 4-for-9, 2 HRs

S. Rodriguez 5-for-14, 2 HRs

Jays vs. ARCHER

Jose Bautista 0-for-7

E. Encarnacion 1-for-7, HR

Brett Lawrie 3-for-8

On deck

Friday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 3.94); Rangers — LH Joe Saunders (11-16, 5.26)

Saturday: vs. Rangers, 7:10. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 2.45); Rangers — RH Nick Martinez (MLB debut)

Sunday: vs. Rangers, 1:40. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 7.20); Rangers — RH Yu Darvish (13-9, 2.83)

Monday: at Royals, 8:10. Rays — LH Matt Moore (0-1, 3.18); Royals — LH Jason Vargas (0-0, 1.29)

Rays disabled list

• INF Tim Beckham, knee surgery, 15-day, eligible April 14 (targeting post-All-Star break)

• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, right elbow surgery, 15-day, April 14

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting June 1)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

'Dream come true'

Thanks to donations from other fans, Randi Oomens of Arizona (right, with manager Joe Maddon) got to have an unforgettable trip to Tropicana Field for the opening series against the Blue Jays. Oomens, who is blind, sat in a suite for the first three games, and she was — as a surprise — invited to throw out Wednesday's ceremonial first pitch. "A dream come true," said Oomens, who received a personalized Evan Longoria jersey.

Number of the day

106 Pitches thrown by LHP Matt Moore in 5⅔ innings Wednesday, 46 of which were balls.

Quote of the day

"When I get between the lines I'm not thinking about dollars, I'm thinking about executing whatever pitch I have to execute."

RHP Chris Archer, who starts tonight after finalizing a big-bucks deal Wednesday

Rays: Special day for blind fan 04/02/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 11:07pm]

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