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Tampa Bay Rays: FSU coach Jimbo Fisher a special guest; Lightning could be next

Rays vs. Rangers

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

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (0-0, 8.31)

RANGERS: LH C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.25)

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

Watch for …

Cobb's comeback: Cobb earned another shot, going back to Triple A after his May 1 start vs. the Angels (41/3 IP, 4 H, 4 R) and dealing, with a 2-0, 0.36 mark in four starts.

C.J.'s stuff: Wilson will be working with five days' rest; in five career starts with an extra day he is 2-0, 3.73. Wilson is 2-0, 2.45 vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Wilson

Johnny Damon 2-for-8

Evan Longoria 0-for-6

Casey Kotchman 0-for-11

Ben Zobrist 2-for-6

Rangers vs. Cobb

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Rangers, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-4, 3.54); Rangers — Colby Lewis (4-5, 3.90)

Chief Seminole at the Trop

FSU football coach Jimbo Fisher grew up on the diamond, a good enough middle infielder to first earn a baseball scholarship to Clemson. Fisher, though, said he had no regrets about sticking with football. "It turned out pretty good,'' he said. "But baseball is probably my first love.'' Fisher was at the Trop Monday with his wife and Rays-loving sons, Trey and Ethan (with his dad at right), who threw out the first pitches to FSU fans B.J. Upton and Tom Foley. There also turned out to be a reunion with Rays radio man Dave Wills, who in 1988 was the PR man when Fisher played QB for the Arena league Chicago Bruisers.

And Lightning soon?

The Rays are working on inviting coach Guy Boucher and Lightning players to a game, manager Joe Maddon said. "We want to get him out, hang out a little bit, get some of the guys to take BP if they like — they're good low-ball hitters.''

Tampa Bay Rays: FSU coach Jimbo Fisher a special guest; Lightning could be next 05/31/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 31, 2011 12:09am]

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