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Tampa Bay Rays: Centenarian receives surprise gift from Rays; team planning nerd-themed road trip

Rays vs. Braves

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Promotions: Kyle Farnsworth bobblehead to first 10,000 kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price

(6-2, 3.10)

BRAVES: RH Tim Hudson

(2-1, 3.96)

On Price: He has won five of his past six starts, including allowing three runs over seven innings against Toronto last week. He won his only career start against Atlanta in 2010, giving up two earned runs in five innings.

On Hudson: He has pitched well, allowing two earned runs or fewer in three of his four starts this season. He is 7-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 11 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. HUDSON

Carlos Peña 6-for-27, HR

Jeff Keppinger 9-for-17

Luke Scott 0-for-6

BRAVES VS. PRICE

Dan Uggla 0-for-4

Jason Heyward 1-for-3

Martin Prado 1-for-3

On deck

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 2.77); Jays — Kyle Drabek (3-4, 3.30)

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31); Jays — Drew Hutchison (2-1, 5.53)

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-2, 3.77); Blue Jays — TBA

Thursday: off

Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-2, 3.10); Red Sox — Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Surprise of the day

Nathan Johnson, far left, who turns 100 on June 16, was brought to his first Rays game Saturday by his daughter, Sharon, to celebrate. The Orlando resident and baseball fan got star treatment after Rays players saw him on the JumboTron during a third-inning trivia contest. Johnson was invited to the dugout to get signed memorabilia, got moved to front-row seats and met manager Joe Maddon and others after the game. Fernando Rodney, left with Johnson, who got his 100th career save, signed the ball and gave it to Johnson. Said Johnson: "The whole day was a '10.' "

Prediction of the day

Manager Joe Maddon, below right, unveiled the wardrobe theme for next weekend's trip to Boston: Ken Rosenthal (top right)/nerd, highlighting the Fox Sports reporter's penchant for bow ties. Chris Gimenez said a few teammates could pull off nerd the best: "(Stephen Vogt) is No. 1. His hair is as nerdy as you can get. I think (David) Price, too, I can see him wearing that hat with the little propeller on it. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Tampa Bay Rays: Centenarian receives surprise gift from Rays; team planning nerd-themed road trip 05/19/12 [Last modified: Sunday, May 20, 2012 12:21am]

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