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Tampa Bay Rays: Frightening 'Zim Bear' giveaway, but Don Zimmer accepts it; needing Desmond Jennings; Joel Peralta throws batting practice

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Promotions: A Zim bear to the first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays:

LH David Price (10-4, 2.95)

TIGERS:

RH Justin Verlander (8-4, 2.52)

On Price: He is tied for the AL lead with 10 wins after winning four of his past five starts. He is 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA in four career starts against the Tigers.

On Verlander: The reigning AL Cy Young and MVP has won his past three starts, allowing a combined five earned runs. He is 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 11 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Verlander

Carlos Peña 5-for-19, HR

Luke Scott 4-for-14, HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-26

Tigers VS. Price

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-13

Jhonny Peralta0-for-11

Delmon Young3-for-13

On deck

Saturday: vs. Tigers, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45); Tigers — Rick Porcello (5-5, 4.71)

Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73); Tigers — Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.96)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Zim Bear mania

Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, 81, said he has received tons of requests from all over the country for tonight's "Zim Bear" giveaway, including family, friends and former Yankees manager Joe Torre. "Somebody said they wouldn't put it in their living room because it'd scare somebody," Zimmer said. "What are you going to do with this face? You can't change the spots on a leopard."

Quote of the day I

"For us to get back to the playoffs and World Series this year, a lot of it is going to depend on Desmond doing his thing at the top of the batting order."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on LF Desmond Jennings returning to the leadoff spot Thursday

Quote of the day II

"I almost tripped on the mound. It's been too long."

Joel Peralta, Rays reliever, on throwing live batting practice Thursday for the first time during an eight-game suspension

Tampa Bay Rays: Frightening 'Zim Bear' giveaway, but Don Zimmer accepts it; needing Desmond Jennings; Joel Peralta throws batting practice 06/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 10:29am]
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