Phone message of the day
Among the messages 3B Evan Longoria got after his three-error game was a Wednesday morning call from senior adviser Don Zimmer. "His message was it won't be the last time you make three errors in a game," Longoria said. "Coming from Zim it means a lot. I know that it's heartfelt, regardless of the fact he's taking a little jab at me."
Fan message of the day
The Rogers Centre crowd is typically tough on Longoria, serenading him with chants of EVA, EVA (as in the model/actor of similar name), and adding a few more choice words after his three errors. "When there's only, what, 15,000 people there, you can hear everything that everybody's saying," he said.
Numbers of the day
23 Career bunt singles by Carlos Peña
261 Career home runs by Peña
Rays at Blue Jays
When/where: 7:07 tonight, Rogers Centre, Toronto
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 3.29)
Jays: RH Henderson Alvarez (0-0, 2.77)
Watch for …
Jeremy the K: Hellickson is coming off a rough start at Boston, allowing 5 runs on 3 homers in 5 IP. He is 1-0, 4.26 in two starts against the Jays, both in Toronto.
Whiz kid: Alvarez, who turned 22 Wednesday, throws hard and throws a lot of strikes with a sinker and changeup. In 12 starts, he has walked more than one once, vs. the Rays in August.
Rays VS. ALVAREz
Desmond Jennings 1-for-3 HR
Matt Joyce 1-for-3
Evan Longoria 2-for-3, 2 HRs
jays VS. hELLICKSON
Jose Bautista 4-for-5, HR
Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-6
Yunel Escobar 0-for-7
Friday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 5.54); Twins — Liam Hendriks (0-0, 1.50)
Saturday: vs. Twins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-0, 3.38); Twins — Carl Pavano (1-1, 5.23)
Sunday: vs. Twins, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 4.50); Twins — Francisco Liriano (0-2, 11.91)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer