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Tampa Bay Rays: Flashing back to an eight-ejection game; Damon passes Ted Williams

Rays vs. Cardinals

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.18)

CARDINALS: RH Kyle Lohse (8-4, 2.78)

Promotion: A DJ Kitty puppet to the first 10,000 kids 14 and younger.

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Help for Hellickson: Hellickson has lost four straight but has had little margin for error, with the Rays scoring one run for him in that span. He said one key will be keeping the ball in the park as he has allowed five homers in his past four starts.

Stepping up: Lohse snapped a four-start winless streak by pitching five shutout innings his last time out against the Orioles. He has fared well against the Rays, going 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 career appearances (nine starts), and has been strong on the road this season (6-1, 2.47).

Key matchups

Cards vs. Hellickson

Lance Berkman 1-for-1, HR

Rays vs. Lohse

Casey Kotchman 1-for-8

Johnny Damon 5-for-13

B.J. Upton 2-for-3

On deck

Monday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-6, 3.43); Twins — Brian Duensing (5-7, 4.69)

Tuesday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 2.45); Twins — Scott Baker (6-5, 3.15)

Wednesday: at Twins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-6, 4.20); Twins — Francisco Liriano (5-7, 4.76)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Flashback of the day

Friday's four ejections were the second most for the Rays but not even half as wild as the Aug. 29, 2000, game in which eight (five players, two coaches and manager Larry Rothschild) were tossed over the course of two brawls and four hit batters. "Guys kept coming in after being ejected," former Rays pitcher, and current special adviser, Dave Eiland said Saturday. "One after another. Almost like clockwork. One an inning it seemed."

Milestone of the day

With four hits, DH Johnny Damon passed Ted Williams on the all-time hits list (2,658) to move into 71st place.

Show of the day

There will be a postgame concert today performed by children's group The Wiggles as part of Family Fun Day.

Tampa Bay Rays: Flashing back to an eight-ejection game; Damon passes Ted Williams 07/03/11 [Last modified: Sunday, July 3, 2011 12:55am]

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