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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price clarifies home run trot; Roberto Hernandez back with club as adviser

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS:

RH Jeff Niemann (1-3, 5.60)

Blue JAYS: RH Brandon Morrow (0-1, 3.97)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Standing tall: Niemann is coming off a confidence-building outing in Minnesota, where he allowed 1 run over 7 IP and got his first win. He is 3-2, 4.99 in five starts vs. the Blue Jays.

Tough task: Morrow is incredibly tough on the Rays, though not quite as much April 23 (10 K in 51/3 IP) as his August 2010 start (17 K, 1 H in 9 IP). He is making just his third start due to a DL stint (elbow). Overall he is 2-2, 1.95 in nine games vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Morrow

Reid Brignac 0-for-10

B.J. Upton 1-for-20

Ben Zobrist 2-for-13

Blue Jays vs. Niemann

Edwin Encarnacion 0-for-6

Adam Lind 8-for-21, HR

Juan Rivera 1-for-4

On deck

Thursday: vs. Jays, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-3, 3.95); Jays — Ricky Romero (2-3, 3.00)

Friday: at O's, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 2.14); O's — Zach Britton (5-1, 2.63)

Saturday: at O's, 1:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.31); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 3.00)

Sunday: at O's, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (3-2, 2.77); O's — Brad Bergesen (0-3, 4.88)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tweet of the day

@DAVIDprice14: my flip into home was my best FIFA celebration … the front flip roll with the "shoootteerrr" fingers … MARCUS

From LHP David Price, "correcting" an @SPTimesRays tweet describing his entertaining trot after a batting practice thusly: "flips bat, cartwheels around 1st + 2nd, slides into 3rd, somersaults across plate."

Quote of the day

"The Babe's back in town."

Manager Joe Maddon on the return of No. 3-wearing Evan Longoria

New (old) face at the Trop

Former Devil Rays All-Star closer Roberto Hernandez was in a Rays uniform — with his old No. 39 — the first of occasional appearances as an adviser to the bullpen crew. "I told him any time you can get out here, I want you to come out and just walk around and talk to the guys and impart some of your knowledge," manager Joe Maddon said. "I just want him to go out and interact."

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price clarifies home run trot; Roberto Hernandez back with club as adviser 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 10:22pm]
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