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Rays: Zimmer tribute; Sean Rodriguez's rare feat

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $21-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (4-4, 4.28)

Red Sox: RH Jake Peavy (1-2, 4.33)

On Price: Allowed 11 hits, one shy of his career high, Sunday against the Angels but improved his majors-leading strikeout/walk ratio to 12.83. Is 10-6 with a 2.93 ERA in 20 starts against the Red Sox.

On Peavy: Has struggled in his past two starts, allowing 20 hits and 11 runs over 101/3 innings. Is 3-2, 4.60 in seven starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Peavy

David DeJesus 5-for-27, HR

James Loney 10-for-35, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 4-for-20, HR

Red Sox vs. Price

David Ortiz 10-for-41, 2 HRs

Jonny Gomes 4-for-23

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-48, HR

On deck

Sunday: Red Sox, 1:40. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (2-4, 4.98); Red Sox — TBA

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (2-2, 2.63); Jays — TBA

Tuesday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Rays — TBA; Jays — LH Mark Buehrle (7-1, 2.11)

Rays disabled list

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

• RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right elbow surgery, eligible April 14 (targeting late June/early July)

• LHP Matt Moore, left elbow soreness, eligible April 23 (had surgery April 22, out for the season)

• 2B Ben Zobrist, left thumb dislocation, eligible May 30 (might be out into June)

Special tribute

Rays third base coach Tom Foley on Friday started wearing the No. 66 jersey of senior adviser Don Zimmer, 83, who is recovering from April heart surgery and related lung issues. Zimmer, transferred recently to a rehab facility, is close to coming off a ventilator and breathing on his own. "All that can be said is he is fighting to survive," son Tom Zimmer said.

Rare feat

Sean Rodriguez, who entered Thursday's game vs. the A's at second base in the 10th, was the first player to hit a walkoff homer after entering as a defensive replacement in extra innings since the Orioles' Taylor Teagarden (July 4, 2012), the Elias Sports Bureau said. He is one of five active players to do so. That includes Phillies INF Reid Brignac, who did it in the 11th of a 1-0 Rays win over the Yankees on Sept. 13, 2010. The others: Dodgers' David Ross (Sept. 30, 2004), White Sox's Nick Swisher (Aug. 5, 2008) and Cubs' Reed Johnson (April 20, 2011).



Number of the day

36.7 Percentage of basestealers caught by the Rays this season, best in the American League entering Friday

Rays: Zimmer tribute; Sean Rodriguez's rare feat 05/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, May 23, 2014 10:57pm]
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