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Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields and David Price act; George Brett comments on Derek Jeter

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight, Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 1040-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21)

YANKEES: RH Freddie Garcia (7-6, 3.13)

Watch for …

Cool Hand Jeremy: Hellickson, who snapped a four-game losing streak in his last outing, is making his first start at Yankee Stadium, having pitched in relief, and well, in a key September 2010 game. He is 1-0, 4.91 in two outings vs. the Yankees.

The Chief: Garcia is another veteran castoff the Yankees signed and have gotten a lot out of, including a 341/3-inning homerless streak. He is 8-2, 3.56 in 15 games against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Garcia

Johnny Damon16-for-62,

4 HRs

Casey Kotchman4-for-13

B.J. Upton2-for-5

Ben Zobrist1-for-6

Yankees vs. HELLICKSON

Derek Jeter1-for-2

Alex Rodriguez1-for-3

Mark Teixeira1-for-2

On deck

Saturday: at Yankees, 1:05. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-7, 3.56); Yankees — A.J. Burnett (8-7, 4.12)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-6, 2.47); Yankees — CC Sabathia (12-4, 2.90)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: All-Star Game, Phoenix

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Workout at Tropicana Field

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Actors of the day

LHP David Price, left, and RHP James Shields spent a couple of hours Thursday at the MLB Fan Cave, getting a tour and filming a funny promo spot — themed as "The Pitching Firm of Shields and Price — that will appear online. They handled their acting duties well, though neither was planning on a second career. "I'm sticking to pitching," Price said. Added Shields: "I messed up too much. But it was a lot of fun."

Derek Jeter quote of the day

"As many World Series as he's played in, there's more pressure playing in the World Series than getting three hits in a four-game series."

George Brett, Hall of Famer and one of 27 players with 3,000 hits

Number of the day

11 Consecutive games the Rays are playing against the Yankees and Red Sox, the second-longest such streak in franchise history. They had 14 in a row in 2001 and went 3-11.

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields and David Price act; George Brett comments on Derek Jeter 07/07/11 [Last modified: Thursday, July 7, 2011 11:57pm]
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