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Tampa Bay Rays: Cross-country cyclist starstruck at Rays game; Lightning players to take part in pregame ceremonies

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Español ; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

RAYS

LH David Price (7-5, 3.51)

RED SOX

RH Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.59)

Tickets: $17-$275 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a no-decision in Baltimore in which he allowed four runs over six innings. He is 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in six career starts against the Red Sox, including 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 2010.

Cool Clay: In his last start, Buchholz allowed one run over seven innings in a win over Toronto. He is 3-2 with a 1.81 ERA in seven career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buchholz

B.J. Upton 4-for-10, HR

Evan Longoria 5-for-18

Casey Kotchman 6-for-9

Red Sox vs. Price

Dustin Pedroia 1-for-9

Kevin Youkilis 5-for-13

David Ortiz 2-for-12

On deck

Friday: vs. Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (5-5, 4.81); Marlins — Brad Hand (0-2, 3.27)

Saturday: vs. Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 3.57); Marlins — Ricky Nolasco (4-2, 4.23)

Sunday: vs. Marlins, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-4, 2.60); Marlins — Chris Volstad (2-7, 6.07)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Wheel man of the day

Darren O'Donnell, 24, far right, the Washington state man cycling 10,500 miles to visit all 30 big-league parks, got some special treats during his stop at the Trop: a photo with star Evan Longoria and a chat with manager Joe Maddon, an avid cyclist who called O'Donnell's trip amazing. Said O'Donnell: "I'm a little starstruck."

Bolts of the day

Lightning star Steven Stamkos, right, and teammates Teddy Purcell, Mike Smith and Nate Thompson will take part in batting practice today and throw out ceremonial first pitches. Stamkos played baseball through high school and claims to be a pretty good hitter.

Good deeds of the day

Reid Brignac, Sam Fuld, Cesar Ramos and Sean Rodriguez will attend today's Boys & Girls Club luncheon in Pinellas Park. … Today is the kickoff to the Reading with Rays program at the St. Petersburg Main Library.

Tampa Bay Rays: Cross-country cyclist starstruck at Rays game; Lightning players to take part in pregame ceremonies 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 10:29pm]
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