Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields hoping to avoid bug; George Hendrick enjoys honor, in silence

Rays at Angels

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Angel Stadium, Anaheim

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH James Shields (5-4, 2.77)

ANGELS: RH Jered Weaver (7-4, 2.14)

Watch for …

Big-Game James: Shields is coming off his worst start, allowing eight runs (seven earned) while lasting only four innings at Seattle, ending a streak of nine quality starts. He is 5-3, 2.93 in 10 starts vs. the Angels but 1-2, 6.30 in three in Anaheim.

Dream-weaver: Weaver started 6-0, went all of May without a win, then beat the Yankees on Friday. He usually has his way with the Rays, compiling a 4-1, 2.27 mark in six starts and allowing them only a .191 average.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Weaver

Johnny Damon 6-for-33

Evan Longoria 3-for-8

B.J. Upton 3-for-14

Angels vs. Shields

Bobby Abreu 8-for-28, HR

Torii Hunter 6-for-25

Howie Kendrick 11-for-18

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-3, 2.64); O's — Jake Arrieta (7-3, 4.93)

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-5, 3.52); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (2-8, 3.71)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-5, 4.71); O's — Brian Matusz (1-0, 2.45)

Hopeful quote of the day

"I don't what it is, but whatever it is, I don't want it."

RHP James Shields on the stomach ailment affecting the team.

Silent honor of the day

1B coach (Silent) George Hendrick wouldn't talk about it, of course, but Rays manager Joe Maddon was sure he felt honored to throw out the first pitch Tuesday as part of the Angels' 50th anniversary season celebration. "I really believe that he's really enjoying this moment," Maddon said. "I think deep down he's pleased with the respect being shown to him in this manner." Hendrick played for the Angels 1985-88 and coached 1998-99.

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields hoping to avoid bug; George Hendrick enjoys honor, in silence 06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 11:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Numerous lapses add up to frustrating Rays loss to Twins

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — While the Rays made some good defensive plays, threw a couple of big pitches when they needed to and got a few, and just a few, key hits, there were some obvious things they did wrong that led to them losing Saturday's game to the Twins 5-3:

    Rays reliever Tommy Hunter says the Twins’ tiebreaking homer came on a pitch that was “close to where I wanted it.”
  2. Rays journal: Steven Souza Jr. laughing right along after comical dive

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — Souza being Souza.

    That seemed to be the best way to describe the entertaining — and comically bad — dive Rays RF Steven Souza Jr. attempted in Friday's game, and the good humor he showed in handling the fallout, including a standing ovation his next at-bat from the …

  3. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Saturday's Rays-Twins game

    The Heater

    RHP Jake Odorizzi had to battle without his best stuff again, which is becoming a more common occurrence, leading to long at-bats — including 13 pitches to Kennys Vargas in the fifth — and running up his pitch count to 118 without finishing the sixth.

  4. Roberto Aguayo faces stiff test to keep Bucs' placekicker job


    TAMPA — The wind is never going to be at Roberto Aguayo's back when he lines up for a field goal or extra point this offseason in his quest to remain the Bucs' kicker.

    Roberto Aguayo, coming off a rookie season in which he had an NFL-worst 71 percent field-goal accuracy, made only 1 of 4 Tuesday on the narrow goalposts at One Buc Place as he begins his battle to keep his job.
  5. Rays at Twins, 2:10 p.m. Sunday, Minneapolis

    The Heater

    Today: at Twins

    2:10, Target Field, Minneapolis

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 760-AM (Spanish)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 18:  Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait during the Tampa Bay Rays photo day on February 18, 2017 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Floida.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)