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Tampa Bay Ray find inspiration from odd places; Johnny Damon moves up doubles list; Evan Longoria says he feels fine, really

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 4:10 today; Safeco Field, Seattle

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

Probable starters:

RAYS

RH Wade Davis (4-5, 4.52)

MARINERS

LH Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.48)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis has been in a rut, going 1-3 with a 7.17 ERA his past five starts and looking bad in doing so, allowing 38 hits (including 9 HRs) and 15 walks in 261/3 IP. He is 0-1, 3.86 vs. the Mariners and is pitching for the first time in Seattle.

Erik the Great, again: Bedard has recovered his past form after missing last season, and part of the previous two, with shoulder issues. Bedard is 11-3, 3.03 in 20 games against the Rays, though last in April 2008.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Bedard

Johnny Damon 3-for-20

Felipe Lopez 3-for-6

B.J. Upton 4-for-23, HR

Mariners vs. Davis

Franklin Gutierrez 1-for-5, HR

Justin Smoak 2-for-2, HR

Ichiro Suzuki 3-for-6

On deck

Monday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-5, 3.52); Angels — Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 3.64)

Tuesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (0-0, 5.91); Angels — TBA

Wednesday: at Angels, 10:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-4, 2.77); Angels — Jered Weaver (7-4, 2.14)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Inspirational moment of the day

The Rays find inspiration in odd places, and Saturday it was this Buddha-esque photo of bullpen coach Bobby Ramos, taken earlier in the day, attached to the daily lineup card. "There's definitely a potential religious overtone to the whole thing. It's a feng shui kind of a thing," manager Joe Maddon said. "Possibly make it into kind of a candleholder, with like a little round plate in front of him. And you can worship at the altar of Digalo, or the Sugar Bear."

Number of the day

495 Career doubles by Johnny Damon, below, tying Frank Thomas for 57th place all-time.



Honest quote of the day

"It feels fine, and I'm being honest with you when I say that. So I hope to be in there (today).''

3B Evan Longoria, on the tightness in his left side that forced him from the game

Tampa Bay Ray find inspiration from odd places; Johnny Damon moves up doubles list; Evan Longoria says he feels fine, really 06/04/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2011 10:26pm]
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