Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays James Shields has eventful trip to Trop; Ben Zobrist can't take all the credit for catch

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS:

RH James Shields (6-2, 3.63)

WHITE SOX:

RH Philip Humber (1-2, 5.31)

On Shields: He's winless in his last two starts, but the Rays have won 11 of his last 12 starts at home (8-1, 3.01 ERA). He's 3-2 with a 4.70 ERA in 10 career starts against the White Sox.

On Humber: He hasn't won since his April 21 no-hitter against Seattle, and lasted just 4 1/3 innings last week against Minnesota, allowing five runs. He is 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three career appearances against Tampa Bay (two starts).

Key matchups

Rays vs. humber

Carlos Peña 2-for-5, HR

Luke Scott 1-for-5, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 1-for-7

white Sox vs. shields

Paul Konerko4-for-20

A.J. Pierzysnki 6-for-27

Alexei Ramirez 6-for-17, 2 HR

On deck

Wednesday: vs. White Sox, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-0, 2.25); White Sox — Jose Quintana (1-0, 1.54)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-3, 2,71); Orioles — TBA

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, May 25

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 15-day, Monday

OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, Sunday

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

Delay of the day

RHP James Shields caught a bad break Monday morning, when his truck broke down on the way to Tropicana Field. Shields said he was stranded for about an hour on the Bayside Bridge in Clearwater, noting he was lucky it didn't happen today, when he's scheduled to start.

"I was talking to the highway patrol about who I'm going to be facing (today), my plan of attack and facing the White Sox hitters," he said jokingly.

Quote of the day

"Those are two of the best young pitchers that have come through in a long time. You really had to focus to not get caught up in what they were doing. Those two guys are something special."

White Sox 1B Adam Dunn on LHPs Chris Sale and Matt Moore

Props of the day

RF Ben Zobrist made a diving catch on A.J. Pierzynski, then credited bench coach Dave Martinez, who had moved him a few steps right. "If he wouldn't have done that, I wouldn't have got it," he said.

Tampa Bay Rays James Shields has eventful trip to Trop; Ben Zobrist can't take all the credit for catch 05/29/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 12:23am]

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