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Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields displays new motto; Rays charity announces big payout

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

RAYS:

LH Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31)

RED SOX:

LH Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.46)

On Moore: Has struggled this season and is coming off the shortest start of his career, allowing four runs in 41/3 innings in a loss to Baltimore. Is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA in two career appearances vs. Boston.

On Doubront: Has been a pleasant surprise in the Red Sox rotation, winning three of his past four starts. Is 0-1 with a 4.61 ERA in five career appearances against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays VS. doubront

Ben Zobrist 1-for-6

Luke Scott 2-for-4, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 1-for-4

Red sox VS. moore

A. Gonzalez 1-for-5

David Ortiz 3-for-4

Dustin Pedroia 0-for-6

On deck

Friday: vs. Braves, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-1, 3.52); Braves — Tommy Hanson (4-3, 3.43)

Saturday: vs. Braves, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Chris Archer or Alex Cobb; Braves — Randall Delgado (2-3, 3.79)

Sunday: vs. Braves, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-2, 3.10); Braves — Tim Hudson (2-1, 3.96)

Monday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 2.77); Jays — Kyle Drabek (3-4, 3.30)

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31); Jays — Drew Hutchison (2-1, 5.53)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Sign of the day

The Rays clubhouse has many signs with different inspirational messages, and RHP James Shields had a new one put on the wall by his corner locker, which he says is a "motto" of the rotation. It reads, "If you don't like it, pitch better!"

Good deed of the day

The Rays Baseball Foundation, the official charity of the Rays, will award a total of $72,500 today to 15 local nonprofit organizations through the Community Fund Grant.

Number of the day

9

Rays currently on the disabled list, the most they've had on the DL at one time since June 16-26, 2009 when they had eight.

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields displays new motto; Rays charity announces big payout 05/17/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:42am]
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