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Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Torres makes dubious history in debut; Evan Longoria reaches out to U.S. women's soccer team

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

Rays:

LH David Price (9-7, 3.73)

Yankees:

RH Freddy Garcia (7-7, 3.43)

Tickets: $17-$275 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a solid outing against Boston, though he lasted only 6 IP. He is 3-1, 4.15 in 10 games vs. the Yankees, including a July 9 no-decision in which he gave up Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit.

Unsteady Freddy: Garcia was having a surprisingly solid season until stumbling in his last start, allowing 6 runs at Toronto in 5 IP. He is 8-2, 3.56 in 15 starts vs. the Rays, though only one since 2007.

Key matchups

Rays vs. GARCIA

J. Damon 16-for-62, 4 HRs

Casey Kotchman 4-for-13

B.J. Upton 2-for-5

Yankees vs. PRICE

Robinson Cano 6-for-22

Derek Jeter 9-for-28, 2 HRs

Nick Swisher 6-for-16, HR

On deck

Thursday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports, MLBN. Rays — James Shields (8-8, 2.60); Yankees — CC Sabathia (14-4, 2.64)

Friday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-6, 4.25); Royals — Luke Hochevar (5-8, 5.23)

Saturday: at Royals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (4-4, 3.94); Royals — Jeff Francis (3-11, 4.62)

Sunday: at Royals, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-0, 3.09); Royals — Felipe Paulino (1-3, 3.60)

Invitation of the day

3B Evan Longoria used his Twitter account (@Evan3Longoria) to throw out an interesting offer, tweeting soccer player Alex Morgan to invite the U.S. women's World Cup team to the Trop: "the TB Rays want to have you USA soccer girls out to throw out first pitches and chill at a game!"

Number of the day

6 Players on the 25-man active roster who started the season at Triple-A Durham:

Robinson Chirinos, Alex Cobb, Dane De La Rosa, Brandon Gomes, Casey Kotchman, Justin Ruggiano.



"Achievement" of the day

LHP Alex Torres earned a dubious distinction on Monday, the first player (since at least 1955, when such data is available) in his major-league debut to walk in the winning run in the ninth inning or later and take the loss.

Tampa Bay Rays: Alex Torres makes dubious history in debut; Evan Longoria reaches out to U.S. women's soccer team 07/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:15am]

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