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Tampa Bay Rays: Don Zimmer returns; a "cursed home"

Rays vs. Braves

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Promotion: B.J. Upton T-shirt to the first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

RAYS:

RH James Shields (6-1, 3.52)

BRAVES:

RH Tommy Hanson (4-3, 3.43)

On Shields: Has won six of his past seven starts but allowed seven homers over his past four after giving up one over his previous four. Has made one start against the Braves, giving up three runs over six innings in a loss June 17, 2010, in Atlanta.

On Hanson: Has given up two earned runs or fewer in six of eight starts. Won his only previous start vs. Rays, throwing seven shutout innings on June 16, 2010.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Braves, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00) or Alex Cobb (0-0, 0.00); Braves — Randall Delgado (2-3, 3.79)

House guests of the day

Will Rhymes is staying at Jeff Niemann's house, creating quite a scene with Niemann on crutches due to a broken right leg and Rhymes with his bruised right arm wrapped. "It's a cursed house," Rhymes said. "We've got to get online and find somebody to come over there and take the hex off. He's yelling at me to try to let the dog out because he can't get down the stairs. He's trying to carry stuff for me. It's not a good situation."

Welcome guest of the day

Senior adviser Don Zimmer, right, was at the Trop for the first time since opening weekend. He has started thrice-weekly four-hour dialysis treatments after three stints in the hospital due to kidney issues. "I'm here," Zimmer, 81, said. "That's the most important thing."

Tampa Bay Rays: Don Zimmer returns; a "cursed home" 05/18/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 18, 2012 12:11am]
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