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Tampa Bay Rays: Homecoming of the day for Sam Fuld; Dan Johnson gets new, well, old number

The dish

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: LHP David Price (0-2, 4.85)

SOX: LHP Jon Lester (0-0, 3.65)

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lester

J. Damon 7-for-24, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 7-for-39, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 4-for-20

Sox vs. Price

Mike Cameron 3-for-3, HR

Marco Scutaro 2-for-16

Kevin Youkilis 4-for-10

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, FSN. Rays — James Shields (0-1, 4.72); Red Sox — John Lackey (1-1, 15.58)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Homecoming of the day

OF Sam Fuld, who grew up in nearby New Hampshire, was excited to play his first game at Fenway Park, with about 30 friends and relatives, including mom, dad and sister, on hand. He'd been on the field only twice — for a predraft workout as a high school senior and when he was 9-10 as a batboy for the University of New Hampshire in a game against Boston University. "This is a little different," he said. "There'll be a few more people in the stands."

New number of the day

Manny who? Dan Johnson got back his No. 24 that Manny Ramirez was given at the start of the season. And given Johnson's .088 start wearing No. 29, he welcomed the change. "Why not," he said. "It can't hurt." Johnson wore 24 during his 2008 and 2010 stints with the Rays, and had some success, and when Ramirez retired let it be known he'd like it back. "It's what I was," Johnson said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Homecoming of the day for Sam Fuld; Dan Johnson gets new, well, old number 04/11/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 11:18pm]
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