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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price recruits friend to secure passport; Sam Fuld has something in common with Jose Bautista

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-9, 3.42)

Jays: RH Brandon Morrow (7-5, 3.06)

On Hellickson: Lasted only five innings in his last game, the 18th time in 24 starts he hasn't gone seven. Has been better on the road, with a 1.85 ERA over his past four outings. Is 2-1, 3.51 in four starts vs. Jays.

On Morrow: Made a solid return Saturday vs. Baltimore after two-plus months on DL with an oblique injury. Is 4-5, 3.51 in 14 games vs. Rays, including one-hitter that was almost a no-hitter in August 2010.

Key matchups

Rays VS. MORROW

Desmond Jennings 3-for-7, 2 HRs

Matt Joyce 6-for-20, HR

B.J. Upton 2-for-19

Jays VS. HELLICKSON

Edwin Encarnacion 3-for-11

Yunel Escobar 3-for-13, HR

Colby Rasmus 3-for-9

On deck

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, no TV. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 3.38); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (7-11, 4.97)

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (16-5, 2.53); Jays — Ricky Romero (8-12, 5.50)

Monday: vs. Yankees, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-8, 3.91); Yankees — Phil Hughes (13-11, 4.02)

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (8-8, 4.39); Yankees — CC Sabathia (13-4, 3.40)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

*OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Stat of the day

11

Players before Evan Longoria on Wednesday to hit two homers and hit into two double plays in the same game.

Arrival of the day

LHP David Price finally made it to Toronto on Thursday afternoon, getting help from a friend to avoid flying to Tampa from Texas to get his passport, which he left at home. Price had a buddy, Tim Herbert, who was coming to Toronto anyway, fly with the passport to Dallas, where Price stayed at an airport hotel, then they flew to Toronto. Even the improved solution had a drawback, Price said: "I've worn the same clothes for two straight days. … And I'd really like to brush my teeth right now."

Attention of the day

OF Sam Fuld found himself in front of 13 Toronto reporters answering questions about Jays slugger Jose Bautista's wrist injury and upcoming surgery and recovery, which is similar to what Fuld just went through. "It's all we have in common," Fuld said.

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 75 55 .577—

Baltimore 72 58 .554 3

Tampa Bay 71 60 .542 41/2

Boston 62 69 .473 131/2*

Toronto 59 71 .454 16

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 73 57 .562—

Baltimore 72 58 .554—

Tampa Bay 71 60 .542 11/2

Detroit 69 61 .531 3

Los Angeles 68 62 .523 4*

* Late game not included. Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price recruits friend to secure passport; Sam Fuld has something in common with Jose Bautista 08/30/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 11:58pm]
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