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Tampa Bay Rays: Interesting pajamas for overnight flight; Johnny Damon approaching history

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable starting pitchers

Rays

RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 2.64)

Orioles

RH Jake Arrieta (7-3, 4.93)

Watch for ...

Jeremy the kid: Hellickson is 6-1, 1.74 over his past seven starts, allowing a .178 average. He has faced the Orioles more than any team, going 3-0, 1.25 in four games (three starts).

No Jaking: Arrieta, the Orioles' winningest pitcher, has six quality starts in eight games at home but is 4-2, 5.23 in them. In three starts against the Rays, he is 1-1, 5.19 with a win his last time out.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Arrieta

Matt Joyce3-for-7, HR

Evan Longoria2-for-9

B.J. Upton2-for-8, HR

Orioles vs. Hellickson

J.J. Hardy1-for-5

Nick Markakis2-for-11

Luke Scott2-for-9

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-5, 3.52); Orioles — Jeremy Guthrie (2-8, 3.71)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-5, 4.71); Orioles — Brian Matusz (1-0, 2.45)

Monday: at Tigers (makeup game), 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.24); Tigers — Phil Coke (1-6, 4.11)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Pajama party stars of the day

Among the more interesting looks for Wednesday's overnight sleepwear-themed flight to Baltimore were, from left, Ben Zobrist (wife Julianna had a matching tie-dyed outfit), B.J. Upton (in full Adidas apparel), David Price and TV man Todd Kalas.

Triple-doubles goal of the day

With three more doubles, Johnny Damon will join an elite group: the 11th player in history with 500 doubles, 100 triples, 200 home runs and 2,500 hits. The other 10 are Hall of Famers: George Brett, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons, Robin Yount.

Records of the day

15-17

The Rays with Evan Longoria starting.

17-12

The Rays without Longoria starting.

Tampa Bay Rays: Interesting pajamas for overnight flight; Johnny Damon approaching history 06/09/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2011 10:33pm]
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