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Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton's clothes ready to travel; James Shields has bad memory of last start in Oakland

Rays vs. A's

When/where: 10:07 tonight; O.co Coliseum, Oakland, Calif.

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH James Shields (9-8, 2.53)

A'S: RH Trevor Cahill (8-9, 3.77)

Watch for …

Shields up: Shields, coming off a solid start against the Yankees, has worked at least seven innings in 17 starts, most in the AL, and in 13 of them has allowed 2 or fewer runs. He is 4-2, 3.54 in 10 starts vs. the A's.

Downhill Cahill: After a 6-0, 1.72 start, Cahill is struggling mightily, going 2-9, 5.06 over his past 14 starts, including 0-4, 6.35 in his past five. He is 1-1, 8.44 in two starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Cahill

Johnny Damon 0-for-3

Matt Joyce 0-for-3

Evan Longoria 3-for-6, HR

A's vs. Shields

Coco Crisp 5-for-18

H. Matsui 9-for-22, 3 HRs

Ryan Sweeney 6-for-17

On deck

Thursday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-7, 4.46); A's — Rich Harden (2-1, 4.63)

Friday: at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (4-4, 3.86); Mariners — Erik Bedard (4-6, 3.00)

Saturday: at Mariners, 4:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-0. 2.57); Mariners — Michael Pineda (8-7, 3.64)

Sunday: at Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.27); Mariners — Jason Vargas (6-9, 4.09)

Monday: Off

Good decision of the day

B.J. Upton is trying to not concern himself with the possibility of being traded. But, in the middle of a 10-day road trip, he is making one practical concession, not sending out any clothes to be cleaned. "Nope," he said. "I'm keeping everything with me."

Flashback of the day

James Shields' start tonight is his first in Oakland since May 9, 2010, when he was on the wrong end of history, as A's LHP Dallas Braden threw a perfect game at the Rays. Does he remember that? "Vaguely," Shields joked. "You never want to be on the other side of a perfect game. It's not very fun. But as a pitcher, you have to respect what he did, too.

Number of the day

5 Pitchers called up by the Rays since the All-Star break: LHP Jake McGee, RHP Alex Cobb, LHP Alex Torres, RHP Dane De La Rosa, RHP Jay Buente.

Tampa Bay Rays: B.J. Upton's clothes ready to travel; James Shields has bad memory of last start in Oakland 07/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:49am]
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