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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)

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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]
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