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Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist's wife sings national anthem on day of CD release; B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings visit three rec centers as part of team program

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-$210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-6, 3.48)

INDIANS: RH Justin Masterson (6-8, 4.14)

On Hellickson: He has lost his past four starts, though the Rays have scored just four runs combined in his past three. He is 1-1 with a 1.38 ERA in two career starts against the Indians.

On Masterson: He has won two of his past three, throwing seven shutout innings his last time out against the Blue Jays. He has struggled against the Rays, going 1-7 with a 7.69 ERA in 12 career appearances (eight starts).

Key matchups


Luke Scott 8-for-19, HR

B.J. Upton 6-for-15, HR

Carlos Peña 6-for-21, 2 HRs


Michael Brantley 2-for-5, HR

Johnny Damon 1-for-6

Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-5, HR

On deck

Thursday: vs. Indians, 12:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-4, 2.80); Indians — Ubaldo Jimenez (8-8, 5.09)

Friday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-6, 4.44); Mariners — Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 5.13)

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.92); Mariners — Jason Vargas (9-7, 4.09)

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-6, 4.39); Mariners — Blake Beavan (3-6, 5.97)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Release of the day

With Julianna Zobrist, a Christian pop singer and wife of Ben Zobrist, hosting a listening party for her second CD, Say It Now, Tuesday night at Tropicana Field, the Rays had her sing the national anthem before the game with the Indians. Ben proudly went to a Family Christian store in the afternoon to buy a CD, which is also available on iTunes. "It was pretty cool," he said.

Good deed of the day

CF B.J. Upton and LF Desmond Jennings visited a total of three recreation centers in South St. Pete Tuesday as part of the Rays Dugout Club initiative; today, Jennings and LHP David Price will visit four more centers. Upton, in his fourth year in the program, said it has been fun to "watch the kids grow up."

Tampa Bay Rays: Ben Zobrist's wife sings national anthem on day of CD release; B.J. Upton, Desmond Jennings visit three rec centers as part of team program 07/17/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:22pm]
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