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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


RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 2.64)


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


The Rays with Evan Longoria starting.


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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