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Tampa Bay Rays: David Price relieved he isn't pregnant; Johnny Damon clear on who should play him in a movie; James Shields pulling for Rams

Quote of the day

"They said I wasn't pregnant. … I'm like, 'Oh, thank God.' "

LHP David Price, on results of the voluminous tests done Sunday at a Boston hospital.

Movie moment of the day

DH Johnny Damon is referenced, though not portrayed, in the new movie, Moneyball. Asked whom he'd want to play him, Damon said: "Who's the best-looking guy in Hollywood?" Then, "You know what, I'd probably have Nick Swisher play me. He'd line up."

Fandom of the day

RHP James Shields revealed himself as a major Rams fan, going to the Monday night game vs. the Giants and looking to add a Cadillac Williams (No. 33) jersey to the five he has.

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 1:05 and 7:05 today; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Starting pitchers, Game 1

Rays: RH James Shields (15-11, 2.78)

YANKEES: RH Phil Hughes (5-5, 6.00)

Starting pitchers, Game 2

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.91)

YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (19-8, 3.01

Watch for …

Stepping up: Shields had won four straight before losing Friday night at Boston. He is 1-2 in three starts vs. the Yankees this season despite a 1.59 ERA; 4-10, 4.35 overall. Hellickson wasn't sharp but won at Boston on Thursday. He is 2-1, 4.80 against the Yanks, including a rough Aug. 13 outing in N.Y.

Seeking something: Hughes, in the midst of an erratic season, is 4-3, 4.28 against the Rays, including an Aug. 13 win. Sabathia is making his third attempt for his 20th win. He is 9-7, 3.13 vs. the Rays, though 2-4, 3.02 the past two seasons, including an Aug. 12 start when he allowed five homers.

On deck

Thursday: at Yankees, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 3.95); Yankees — Bartolo Colon (8-9, 3.81)

Friday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.36); Jays — Brandon Morrow (10-11, 4.98)

Saturday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Jays — Ricky Romero (15-10, 3.02)

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price relieved he isn't pregnant; Johnny Damon clear on who should play him in a movie; James Shields pulling for Rams 09/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 1:29am]
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