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Tampa Bay Rays: All-Star quotes, fast facts

Rays at Twins

When/where: 2:10 today; Target Field, Minneapolis

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Starting pitchers

RAYS:

LH David Price (8-6, 3.43)

TWINS:

LH Brian Duensing (5-7, 4.69)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off back-to-back strong outings and is 5-2 in eight road starts this season. He's 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in four career appearances (three starts) against the Twins.

Leaning left: Duensing has won two of his past three starts, though he allowed four runs over five innings in his last outing against the Dodgers. Righties are hitting .315 against him to .219 for lefties.

Key matchups

Twins vs. Price

Joe Mauer 2-for-8

Denard Span 1-for-8

Delmon Young 2-for-9

Rays vs. Duensing

Johnny Damon 2-for-9

Sean Rodriguez 2-for-6, HR

Kelly Shoppach 0-for-5

On deck

Tuesday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 2.45); Twins — Scott Baker (6-5, 3.15)

Wednesday: at Twins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-6, 4.20); Twins — Francisco Liriano (5-7, 4.76)

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (3-4, 5.05); Yankees — Bartolo Colon (6-3, 2.88)

Friday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (7-6, 3.13)

All-Star quotes of the day

"My dad's a lefty, so can't do that."

Lefty-swinging Matt Joyce, joking about not picking his father to pitch to him if chosen for the home run derby

"We've got three of us, three Rays representing. It's better than having one every year."

RHP James Shields, on how the team has progressed

Number of the day

7 Doubles for the Rays on Sunday.

All-Star charts of the day

Most All-Star selections 2008-11

Red Sox: 23

Yankees: 20

Rangers: 16

Rays: 15

Most different players selected All-Stars 2008-11

Red Sox: 15

Rays: 11

Yankees: 11

Cubs: 11

Tampa Bay Rays: All-Star quotes, fast facts 07/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2011 10:52pm]
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