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Rays: Longoria haircut pays tribute to Lightning

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 1:10 today; 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: LH Erik Bedard (0-0, 6.35)

TWINS: RH Ricky Nolasco (1-1, 5.50)

On Bedard: Makes his second start after working only 32/3 vs. Yankees on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits. Is 3-5, 4.04 in 15 appearances vs. Twins, 1-0, 5.19 in two last season with Houston.

On Nolasco: Opening day starter off to a rough start on a 4-year, $49 million deal, allowing 33 hits (including 4 HRs) and seven walks in 232/3 innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. NOLASCO

Yunel Escobar 10-for-29, HR

Matt Joyce 3-for-6, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 4-for-8

TWINS VS. BEDARD

Jason Kubel 1-for-10

Joe Mauer 6-for-22

Kurt Suzuki 0-for-10

On deck

Friday: at White Sox, 8:10. Rays — RH Chris Archer (2-1, 3.65); White Sox — RH Erik Johnson (1-1, 5.32)

Saturday: at White Sox, 7:10. Rays — LH Cesar Ramos (0-1, 4.91): White Sox — LH John Danks (2-0, 2.84)

Hats off to Bolts

In a nod to the area hockey squad that saw its playoff run end Tuesday in Montreal, Rays 3B Evan Longoria had a lightning bolt shaved into the side of his head Wednesday. "It's a day late," he said. "So now it's congratulations on a good season."

Catching on

In talking about now-Twins OF Sam Fuld, Rays manager Joe Maddon said the sensational flying catch he made in April 2011 in Chicago is worthy of mention with all-time classics by Willie Mays, Jim Edmonds and Torii Hunter. "That one there — kinda airborne, into gravel, head going toward the wall, and at a time we really needed it, so all that stuff was there," Maddon said. "I would hope as they play back the greatest catches of all time that that would be included."

Pitching in

There were two celebrity first pitches on Wednesday, one by Bollywood star actor Shahid Kapoor, in town for the film awards; and the other by Ladies European Tour winner Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tigers Woods.

Rays: Longoria haircut pays tribute to Lightning 04/23/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:35am]
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