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Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist gets creative with daughter's name; free parking offered for Friday's game

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

LH Matt Moore (0-0, 6.23)

Yankees:

RH Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)

Watch for …

First start: Moore, making his first big-league start, replaces previously announced starter Jeff Niemann.

Big Bart: Colon, one of the biggest surprises of the season, has been struggling, 0-3, 4.98 over his past eight starts. He is 9-4, 3.71 in 20 starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Colon

J. Damon 20-for-57, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 2-for-8

B.J. Upton 5-for-17

Yankees vs. MOore

None have faced

On deck

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.36); Jays — Brandon Morrow (10-11, 4.98)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Jays — Ricky Romero (15-10, 2.98)

Sunday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (10-10, 4.55); Jays — TBA

Monday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Yankees — TBA

Name of the day

Ben Zobrist's new daughter is named Kruse Allegra. Kruse was Zobrist's paternal grandmother's maiden name. Allegra took more creativity: Zobrist's wife, Julianna, is a singer, and her middle name is Joy. Allegra is an Italian version of joy, and also has a musical definition, referring to an upbeat song. "We both agreed to it," Zobrist said. "But, yes, she came up with it."

Deal of the day

The Rays are offering free parking in any team-controlled (non-reserved) lot for Friday's game in an effort to draw a bigger crowd. "We need their voices and support," team president Matt Silverman said. Lots will open at 3:10, and the Rays are encouraging fans to arrive early as spaces are subject to availability.

Stat of the day

.454

Batting average of Rays' Game 1 7-8-9 hitters (Jose Lobaton, Elliot Johnson, Reid Brignac) — when added together: .

Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist gets creative with daughter's name; free parking offered for Friday's game 09/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:32pm]
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