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Tampa Bay Rays: Jeff Niemann proves a generous teammate; Joe Maddon favors proposed realignment

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:35 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS:

RH Wade Davis

(4-5, 4.71)

ORIOLES:

LH Brian Matusz

(1-0, 2.45)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis is winless in his past five starts, having allowed a combined 17 runs over his past three. He is 1-2 with a 5.94 ERA in three starts this season against Baltimore.

Leaning left: Matusz has made two starts after missing the first two months with a strained left intercostal muscle, allowing three earned runs over 11 innings. Matusz is 3-1, 4.71 in five career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Matusz

Evan Longoria 4-for-10

B.J. Upton 3-for-10

Kelly Shoppach 2-for-6, HR

Orioles vs. Davis

Vladimir Guerrero 2-for-10

Adam Jones 2-for-13

Matt Wieters 6-for-15

On deck

Monday: at Tigers (makeup game), 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.24); Tigers — Phil Coke (1-6, 4.11)

Quote of the day

"I know Mitch Talbot really good, and that's not Mitch. I'd have a hard time believing he'd intentionally throw at anybody."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on former Ray and current Indians RHP Mitch Talbot being ejected after hitting Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez with a pitch Saturday.

In a giving mood

INF Elliot Johnson praised RHP Jeff Niemann's generosity during his recent rehab stint with Triple-A Durham, saying the starter provided postgame meals for the Bulls all four days he was there. "Outback (Steakhouse)," Johnson said. "Different entrees every time, ribs, salmon, steak and chicken."

Tampa Bay Rays: Jeff Niemann proves a generous teammate; Joe Maddon favors proposed realignment 06/11/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:13pm]
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