Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

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,, 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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays journal: Erasmo Ramirez ready to start a day after closing game

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — RHP Erasmo Ramirez was on the mound to finish Sunday's 15-inning marathon win over the Twins and will start tonight's game against the Rangers.

    The Rays’ Erasmo Ramirez throws 12 pitches in the 15th inning against the Twins to earn the save then says after the game that he’s ready to make his scheduled start against the Rangers: “My arm feels good.”
  2. Rays exhausted but happy after 15-inning win over Twins (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Before the Rays eventually won Sunday's 6½-hour, 15-inning marathon against the Twins 8-6, they did plenty to lose it. And we need to get that out of the way first.

    The Rays’ Evan Longoria enjoys a laugh after scoring, barely, to tie it in the ninth on Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out single.
  3. Tom Jones' Two Cents: ABC's Indy 500 coverage is stellar again

    TV and Radio

    Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Takuma Sato left, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 as Helio Castroneves is a little late passing him. ABC’s coverage of the race is stellar throughout, with plenty of extras but no fake drama.
  4. Takuma Sato surprise winner of wreck-filled Indy 500

    Auto racing

    INDIANAPOLIS — Takuma Sato, a journeyman driver, became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he held off three-time champion Helio Castroneves in a 230-mph wheel-rubbing duel to the finish.

    Scott Dixon’s car goes over the top of Jay Howard, soaring so high that Helio Castroneves drove under it while it was airborne. Stunningly, there were no serious injuries.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    The Rays won because they got two innings of good relief from each of the two pitchers who contributed to them losing Saturday's game, Danny Farquhar (who again struck out Miguel Sano) and Tommy Hunter, who both posted zeroes.