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Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria gives injured child special birthday gift; Rays plan to pay tribute to Lightning in trip to Toronto

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RHP Wade Davis 1-2, 3.26

white SOX: RHP Phil Humber (1-1, 3.46)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis earned a win in his last start without his usual velocity (and only one strikeout), which the Rays said was a good thing because it showed he was more of a pitcher. He is 2-1, 2.45 in three starts vs. Chicago, allowing only a .200 average.

Humble Humber: Jeff Niemann's former Rice teammate seems to have found a home with the Sox and showed it by beating the Rays on April 9 in Chicago. This is just his fifth career start over parts of six big-league seasons.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Humber

Sam Fuld 1-for-3

Felipe Lopez 2-for-7

Ben Zobrist 1-for-4

Sox vs. Davis

Juan Pierre 2-for-8

Paul Konerko 2-for-7

Alex Rios 0-for-8

On deck

Thursday: vs. White Sox, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.32); Sox — Gavin Floyd (1-1, 4.29)

Friday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.50); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, Fox Sports Florida. Rays — David Price (2-2, 2.83); Jays — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Birthday gift of the day

T.J. Andrews had to spend his 11th birthday as a patient at Tampa General Hospital's children's center, but the day got better when 3B Evan Longoria made a surprise visit — and brought along a Rays jersey as a present. Andrews is a baseball player and fan from Georgia recovering from burns suffered in an accidental explosion.

Numbers of the day

2.20 ERA of Rays starters over the past six games

4-0 Rays record in one-run games

Bolt of the day

The Rays will wear Lightning T-shirts and caps on their trip to Toronto Thursday night, manager Joe Maddon said, "to show support to the boys." And that's even though a few of "the boys" wore Twins caps when they attended Saturday's game as guests of Minnesota's Justin Morneau. "We forgive them because we wore Blackhawks stuff (during last year's playoffs)," Maddon said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria gives injured child special birthday gift; Rays plan to pay tribute to Lightning in trip to Toronto 04/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 12:17am]
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