Rays vs. Blue Jays
When/where: 1:10 today, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
RH James Shields (6-2, 3.77)
LH Ricky Romero (5-1, 3.64)
On Shields: Coming off a loss to Braves and has allowed 22 runs in past 311/3 innings. Is 3-0, 3.90 in four day starts, 5-1 in past seven starts vs. Jays (and Rays 6-1) and 9-5, 3.60 overall.
On Romero: Jays ace tends to do better vs. righties, so expect Rays to stack several lefties against him. Beat the Rays April 17 in Toronto, is 6-4, 3.28 in 11 starts vs. them.
Rays vs. Romero
S. Rodriguez 1-for-15 HR
B.J. Upton 5-for-25 HR
Ben Zobrist 8-for-28 2 HR
Jays vs. Shields
Jose Bautista 6-for-21 2 HR
E. Encarnacion 3-for-15
Yunel Escobar 5-for-20
Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57); Sox — Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)
Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — David Price (6-3, 2.88); Sox — Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38)
Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73); Sox — Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Quote of the day
"We were just trying to protect ourselves from further injury. And if anybody invaded the dugout we were in very good shape, also."
Joe Maddon, on Ps Joel Peralta and Fernando Rodney wearing Gladiator-style masks Monday
Helping hand of the day
To prep for the weekend "Ken Rosenthal/Nerd" themed trip, LHP Cesar Ramos was to give a lesson on bow-tie tying, and a pro is being brought in to help before Thursday's flight.
Stats of the day
Strikeouts on foul bunts, most for an AL team since the 1979 Angels (8).
Errors in 44 games; Rays had MLB-low 73 total last season.