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Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist goes back to school; Rays about to launch epic road trip

Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (6-4, 3.54)

RANGERS: RH Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.90)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Price-busters: The Rangers have had their way with Price, who is 0-2, 7.45 against them in four regular-season starts and was winless in two 2010 playoff starts for an overall mark of 0-4, 6.47.

Cool Colby: Lewis has been pitching better, going 3-2, 2.40 over his past six starts, though he shares the AL lead in homers allowed (13). He is 2-0 despite a 7.71 ERA in three games against the Rays and had a no-decision in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lewis

Johnny Damon 3-for-10

Casey Kotchman 2-for-10

Rangers vs. Price

Adrian Beltre 2-for-11

Josh Hamilton 1-for-6

Ian Kinsler 2-for-6

On deck

Thursday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-3, 2.15); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.19)

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 4.39); Mariners — Jason Vargas (3-3, 4.50)

School days for Zobrist

2B/RF Ben Zobrist called Tuesday's visit to Skyview Elementary "pretty awesome" as he visited with Kaleb Gates' second-grade class for the Take Zobrist to School promotion. Zobrist spoke at an assembly, took a few laps on the school track, played football and had lunch in the school cafeteria. "I had some corn-dog poppers, a little vegetable medley and chocolate milk,'' Zobrist said. "I was a happy camper.''

Road tripping

The Rays leave after today's game for a four-city, 11-game, 12-day, 7,208-mile trip that takes them to Seattle, Anaheim, Baltimore and Detroit (for a one-game makeup). It is their longest trip by games since September 2009, when they went 2-9 in New York, Boston and Baltimore (with two doubleheaders), and their longest by days since August 2005, when they went 6-6 to Texas, Anaheim, Baltimore and Cleveland.

Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist goes back to school; Rays about to launch epic road trip 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:33pm]
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