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Rays: Wives to play for charity; Fernandez turnout: Memorial honor

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 3:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 5.40)

MARLINS: RH Jose Fernandez (2-2, 3.31)

On Odorizzi: He is making his Tropicana Field debut, his second start since taking over for injured LHP David Price. He was solid in his first outing last Monday in Toronto, settling in to allow three runs in five innings in a no-decision.

On Fernandez: The former Tampa Alonso High star, and 2011 first-round pick, has held his own in his first foray into the big leagues. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his past five outings but is 2-2, 4.33 in five career road starts.

Key matchups

Rays VS. FERNANDEZ

None have faced

MARLINS VS. ODORIZZI

None have faced

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 5.37); Marlins — RH Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.30)

Wednesday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 5.73); Marlins — RH Tom Koehler (0-2, 3.18)

Thursday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-0, 2.21); Marlins — RH Ricky Nolasco (3-5, 3.65)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Helping hand

The Rays' wives take on the Marlins' wives today at the Trop in their third annual charity softball game, the Rays on behalf of Autism Speaks and Marlins for Shake-a-Leg Miami. The Rays' wives blew out the Marlins' 14-2 in Miami last year, with the Marlins winning 6-1 in 2011. The Rays have added a lot of newcomers, including RHP Jake Odorizzi's wife, Clarissa. Smiled Odorizzi: "I'm expecting some big things."



Honoring the troops

In honor of Memorial Day, the Rays and Marlins — as well as other major-league clubs — will wear specifically designed caps and jerseys featuring an authentic military digital camouflage design. MLB will donate 100 percent of its net proceeds from retail sales of the caps and jerseys to Welcome Back Veterans.



Quote of the day

"It should fill the ballpark on a Monday afternoon."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the expected large local contingent to watch Alonso High product and Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez, who is starting today's game

Rays: Wives to play for charity; Fernandez turnout: Memorial honor 05/26/13 [Last modified: Sunday, May 26, 2013 9:16pm]
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