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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon a believer in surprising Indians; Rays plan tribute to fallen police officers

Rays at Indians

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable pitchers:

RAYS: RH Andy Sonnanstine (0-0, 2.19)

INDIANS: RH Josh Tomlin (4-1, 2.43)

Watch for …

Sonny's day: Sonnanstine makes his first start of the season, taking the rotation spot of injured Jeff Niemann. The Ohio native has struggled against the Indians, posting a 3-3, 9.51 mark and allowing a .343 average overall (0-3, 10.67, .379 in Cleveland).

No Joshing: Tomlin, a 2006 19th-rounder, has been a hit since making his big-league debut in July. He's coming off his first loss but still pitched well at Oakland. He hasn't faced the Rays before.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tomlin

Johnny Damon 2-for-3

C. Kotchman 1-for-3

Indians vs. Sonnanstine

Orlando Cabrera 6-for-13

Shin-Soo Choo 1-for-9, HR

J. Hannahan 4-for-10, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Indians, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (4-3, 3.26); Indians — TBA

Thursday: at Indians, 12:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (3-2, 2.01); Indians — Justin Masterson (5-0, 2.25)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 3.72); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-5, 4.09)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I like their pitching. I like their bullpen. They're playing with a lot of energy. It's no fluke. They're going to be there all year."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on the surprising Indians

Tribute of the day

The Rays on Friday will "retire" the official radio call signs of slain St. Petersburg police officers Thomas Baitinger, David Crawford and Jeffrey Yaslowitz, who all worked shifts at games, with a display on the back wall of the stadium beyond right-centerfield. "These men were a part of our Tropicana Field family," Rays president Matt Silverman said. Police Chief Chuck Harmon called it "a powerful, lasting tribute."

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon a believer in surprising Indians; Rays plan tribute to fallen police officers 05/09/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:06am]

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