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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,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers


LH Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31)


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


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 05/16/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 11:42pm]
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