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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price becomes part of history; James Shields tries to cheer him up

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 today, Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish), 1040-AM

Starting pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-6, 2.47)

Yankees: LH CC Sabathia (12-4, 2.90)

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Shields up: Because Shields is pitching today, he won't be eligible to work in Tuesday's All-Star Game. So he wants to make it count, especially after losing his last start at Minnesota. He is 3-9, 4.83 in 16 starts vs. the Yankees.

CC rider: Sabathia is on a roll, 9-1, 2.45 in his past 10 starts. He is 1-4, 4.34 in nine starts against the Rays as a Yankee. Before that, he was 7-1, 2.44 in 11 starts against them.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sabathia

Johnny Damon 7-for-25, HR

Evan Longoria 6-for-19, 2 HR

B.J. Upton 9-for-30, 2 HR

Yankees vs. Shields

Robinson Cano 17-for-44

Derek Jeter 17-for-54, HR

Jorge Posada 10-for-30, HR

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: All-Star Game, 8, Phoenix

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Workout at Tropicana Field

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I'd rather not be the answer to that trivia question, but I am."

LHP David Price, on allowing Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit

Number of the day

270 Hits among Derek Jeter's first 3,000 allowed by the Rays, including 120 at the Trop

Teammate of the day

After David Price gave up Derek Jeter's home run for hit No. 3,000, he went to the Rays' dugout to allow the shortstop his moment and to cool himself off. RHP James Shields did his part to help get Price to smile. "Don't worry, dude. That was a bomb," he said he told Price. "Just kind of lighting the mood up a little bit. He gave me a light love tap on the face."

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price becomes part of history; James Shields tries to cheer him up 07/09/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 9, 2011 10:53pm]
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