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Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields models latest T-shirt design; Joe Maddon enjoys rare opportunity to use same lineup twice

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (12-4, 2.80)

INDIANS: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (8-8, 5.09)

On Price: Is 4-0, 2.01 in five starts vs. Indians, including 2-0 in two starts at Trop, allowing only an unearned run. Shares major-league lead with 12 victories, winning four straight decisions and five of his past six.

On Jimenez: Coming off a brutal outing in Toronto in which he allowed a career-high matching eight runs in 21/3 IP. Is 2-0, 2.13 vs. Rays, including July 7, but pitching for first time at Trop.

Key matchups

Rays VS. JIMENEZ

Jeff Keppinger 0-for-9

Carlos Peña 0-for-6

B.J. Upton 2-for-7

INDIANS VS. PRICE

Asdrubal Cabrera 2-for-10

Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-10

Shelley Duncan 2-for-9, HR

Well-dressed man

RHP James Shields shows off the T-shirt he designed — the third he has done — that will be given out Friday to the first 10,000 fans. Included is a slogan from his father, Jack: "If you don't like it, pitch better."

Stars aligned?

For just the third time this season, manager Joe Maddon used the same batting order in consecutive games. "So nice," Maddon said, "to walk in and say (to bullpen coach Stan Boroski, who posts it), 'Ditto.' "

Stat of the day

24

Ejections of Joe Maddon as Rays manager.

Tampa Bay Rays: James Shields models latest T-shirt design; Joe Maddon enjoys rare opportunity to use same lineup twice 07/18/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 18, 2012 11:13pm]
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