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Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton going on first hunting expedition; experienced companions have low expectations

Today: Off

Next game: at Astros, 8:05 p.m. Friday, Sun Sports

Starting pitchers

RAYS:

RH James Shields (7-4, 2.40)

ASTROS:

LH Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 2.88)

On deck

Saturday: at Astros, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (6-5, 4.57); Astros — Bud Norris (4-5, 3.26)

Sunday: at Astros, 2:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 4.82); Astros — J.A. Japp (3-9, 5.33)

Monday: vs. Reds, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-6, 3.09); Reds — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Reds, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-6, 3.51); Reds — TBA

Rays by the numbers

Home/Road: 18-18/23-16

Day/Night: 15-13/26-21

Grass/Turf: 20-14/21-20

vs. East: 15-12

vs. Central: 14-10

vs. West: 6-9

vs. National League: 6-3

Extra innings: 4-2

Win in last at-bat: 7

Come-from-behind wins: 12

Opp. come-from-behind wins: 10

1-run games: 12-6

2-run games: 6-8

vs. RH/LH starters: 31-24/11-9

When commit error: 15-15

Hit homer: 29-14

Hit multiple homers: 15-6

Homer with men on: 24-4

Score first: 30-8

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Off-day activity of the day

B.J. Upton is going hunting today for the first time, joining bench coach Dave Martinez, 3B Evan Longoria and home clubhouse/equipment manager Chris Westmoreland on a crossbow hog-hunting expedition. "Davey talked me into it," Upton explained. "I said it kinda joking around at first, then he went and got me camo boots and all of that, so I'm going. I don't know what I'm going for, I'm just going."

Off-day activity prediction of the day

Martinez is considered the Rays' Great American Outdoorsman, with nothing beyond his reach. But, he admitted, getting Upton to the preserve an hour outside of Houston and into a tree stand and teaching him to use the crossbow properly could be the ultimate hunting challenge. "I have," Martinez said, "no expectations."

Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton going on first hunting expedition; experienced companions have low expectations 06/22/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 10:36pm]
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