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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price excited about alma mater's success; miles added up on road trip

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH James Shields (5-4, 2.85)

RED SOX: RH Tim Wakefield (3-1, 4.84)

Tickets: From $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, raybaseball.com and all Ticketmaster outlets

Watch for …

Big-game James: Shields returned to his strong form his last time out, allowing three runs over seven innings in a no-decision in Anaheim. He's 5-9 with a 5.17 ERA in 16 career starts against the Red Sox.

In the Wake: Wakefield has been pitching well, having won three of his past four starts. Though over his career the 44-year-old knuckleballer has had success against the Rays (21-5, 3.78), they've had his number the past two years, scoring 16 runs in the past 14 innings (three starts).

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wakefield

Johnny Damon 20-for-64, 4 HRs

Ben Zobrist 1-for-10

Evan Longoria 6-for-13, HR

Red Sox vs. Shields

David Ortiz 12-for-33, 3 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-30, 2 HRs

Kevin Youkilis 3-for-31

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-4, 3.03); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (5-2, 2.06)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (7-5, 3.51); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.59)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Proud Price

LHP David Price, a former Vanderbilt star, was "pumped" that his Commodores reached their first-ever College World Series. Price pitched three seasons for Vanderbilt before becoming the top overall pick of the 2007 draft. "That's awesome," he said. "I hope they're going to win it."

Number of the day

7,208 Miles in the air for the Rays on their 11-game, four-city trip, which included two cross- country flights

Quote of the day

"There's not an 'E' in that win-loss column for excuses, so we're not ready to make any."

LHP David Price, on the rigors of an 11-game cross-country road trip

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price excited about alma mater's success; miles added up on road trip 06/14/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 12:18am]

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