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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price buys thank-you popcorn; several Rays enjoy their day off

Rays at Indians

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (4-3, 3.26)

INDIANS: RH Carlos Carrasco (1-1, 4.97)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a solid 82/3-inning outing, upset only that he didn't get the complete game. He is 2-0, 2.76 in three starts against the Indians, including a win July 24 that snapped the Rays' 18-game losing streak in Cleveland.

Fresh arm: Carrasco is expected to be activated off the DL to make the start, having been sidelined with right elbow discomfort. He had made five starts before then, allowing 32 hits and 10 walks in 29 innings. He has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Carrasco

Johnny Damon 0-for-4

Indians vs. Price

Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-7

Travis Hafner 0-for-3

Grady Sizemore 2-for-2

On deck

Thursday: at Indians, 12:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (3-1, 2.01); Indians — Justin Masterson (5-0, 2.25)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 3.72); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-5, 4.09)

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-2, 3.07); O's — TBA

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-0, 2.19); O's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

'Gifts' of the day

LHP David Price called the stack of boxes in the middle of the clubhouse a matter of paying his "friendship dues" to the rest of the team: 60 tins of caramel and cheese popcorn ordered and delivered from the famous Garrett shops in Chicago. "That will cover him for about a month," RHP James Shields said.

Off-day activities

Ohioan Adam Russell got to hang out at home, visiting with his sister, Tracy Galvin, who is battling breast cancer, and her children, Fiona and Tommy, whom he helped care for during the offseason. "Great off day," he said. Several players, such as Johnny Damon (Orlando) and Ben Zobrist (Nashville), went home to see their families. RHP James Shields flew home to California for the funeral of his 97-year-old great-grandmother, Dorothy.

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price buys thank-you popcorn; several Rays enjoy their day off 05/10/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 1:01am]

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