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Tampa Bay Rays: Gifts for Modern Family cast; Brandon Allen-Dan Johnson coincidences

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (3-0, 2.76)

Rangers: LH Matt Harrison (3-0, 1.66)

On Shields: He has worked at least eight innings in each of his past three starts, one shy of the team record he shares. He is 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA against Texas in the regular season, 2-2, 3.72 in Arlington but 0-2, 10.61 in two playoff starts.

On Harrison: The 26-year-old, who started Game 7 of last year's World Series, leads the AL in ERA among those with at least three starts. He is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in four regular-season and two playoff outings against the Rays, including the Game 4 clincher last year.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Harrison

Brandon Allen 3-for-3

Evan Longoria 4-for-7, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-11

Rangers vs. Shields

Elvis Andrus 9-for-17

Adrian Beltre 8-for-33, HR

Josh Hamilton 3-for-21, HR

Note: Includes postseason

On deck

Saturday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-2, 4.11); Rangers — Colby Lewis (2-0, 2.03)

Sunday: at Rangers, 8:05, ESPN. Rays — David Price (3-1, 2.63); Rangers — Derek Holland (2-1, 4.78)

Monday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.84); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.48)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Family affair

Cast members of the TV show Modern Family joined the Rays family during a stage show at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday. The Rays planned to send them jerseys, but show organizers decided to have them presented on stage with PR staffers Dave Haller and Erik Ruiz, both huge fans, delivering them to Ty Burrell, left, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, right, plus Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet. "It was a great thrill," Haller said. "But most of all, I'm thankful I didn't slip on an egg."

Tweet of the day

Bowen, who joked on Twitter the cast would act out "Who's on First" so fans got their baseball fix, seemed to enjoy the attention from the Rays, tweeting: "Thanks so much to everyone who came out tonight in Clearwater, FL. It turns out the Rays have great fans (and so does #ModernFamily)"

Coincidence of the day

Dan Johnson and Brandon Allen were both first basemen claimed off waivers from Oakland, both added to the 40-man roster on April 21 (four years apart) and both in their first official at-bat with the Rays hit ninth-inning pinch-hit homers.

Tampa Bay Rays: Gifts for Modern Family cast; Brandon Allen-Dan Johnson coincidences 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 8:18pm]

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