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Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria Rays' leading All-Star vote-getter; Rays plan three dress-up themes for long road trip

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 10:10 tonight, Safeco Field, Seattle

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

Starting pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (5-3, 2.15)

Mariners: RH Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.19)

Watch for ...

Shields stingy: Shields has nine straight quality starts, and his nine-start streak of seven or more innings is the majors' longest this season. He has a career 3-3 mark vs. Seattle, and his 2.80 ERA against the Mariners is his lowest against any AL team.

King Felix: The Rays can only hope Hernandez, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, is gassed after throwing a career high-tying 128-pitches in seven innings Saturday against the Yankees in a game the Mariners won in the 12th. Hernandez has been tough on the Rays with a lifetime 2-1 record and 2.42 ERA.

Key matchups:

Mariners vs. Shields

Chone Figgins10-for-27

Adam Kennedy3-for-14

Ichiro Suzuki11-for-30, HR

Rays vs. Hernandez

Johnny Damon9-for-16, HR

Evan Longoria3-for-8

Ben Zobrist2-for-12

On deck

Friday: vs. Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 4.39); Mariners — Jason Vargas (3-3, 4.50)

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 4:10, no TV. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-3, 2.80); Mariners — Doug Fister (2-5, 3.18)

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-5, 4.52); Mariners — Erik Bedard (3-4, 3.48)

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

All-Star update of the day

Despite missing 26 games and batting .240, 3B Evan Longoria leads all Rays in American League All-Star voting, though he's third at his position behind the Yankees' Alex Rodriguez (945,127) and the Rangers' Adrian Beltre (755,551). Matt Joyce, the AL's top hitter with a .361 average, is not among the top 15 vote getters in the outfield. In fact, he trails teammates Sam Fuld (13th, 310,520) and B.J. Upton (15th, 277,173).

Wardrobe change of the day

The Rays embark on a four-city, 11-game, 12-day road trip totalling 7,208 miles. It also will feature three different themes. The Rays wore grunge attire, left, for their trip to Seattle and will wear Beach Boys beach attire to Los Angeles and pajamas for the late night flight to Baltimore.

Tampa Bay Rays: Evan Longoria Rays' leading All-Star vote-getter; Rays plan three dress-up themes for long road trip 06/01/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 2, 2011 2:05am]
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