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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon may add loot to Elliot Johnson Twitter contest; Fernando Rodney reaches 30 saves faster than any other Ray

Rays at A's

When/where: 10:05 tonight; Oakland Coliseum

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-7, 4.52)

a's: RH Tommy Milone (9-7, 3.51)

On Shields: Shields hasn't been going well as it is (1-3, 5.26 in his past eight starts), and Oakland has been a rough place for him, with a 1-2, 6.46 mark in five career starts. Overall, he is 4-3, 4.58 against the A's.

On Milone: Acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade, Milone has stepped in well in first full big-league season. He beat the Rays on May 6 at the Trop despite allowing five runs in five innings.

Key matchups

Rays VS. milone

Matt Joyce 2-for-2

Ryan Roberts 2-for-2

B.J. Upton 1-for-1, HR

A'S vs. shiELDS

Coco Crisp 6-for-21

Josh Reddick 3-for-13, HR

Kurt Suzuki 4-for-14

On deck

Wednesday: at A's, 3:37, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-8, 4.93); A's — Jarrod Parker (7-4, 3.38)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (7-7, 4.01); O's — TBA

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-6, 3.23); O's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Contest of the day

INF Elliot Johnson is holding a contest via his @ElliotJohnson9 Twitter account each Tuesday for the rest of the season, offering a signed ball and other prizes to a fan who comes closest to guessing that night's lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said he'd add to the haul: "Maybe the signed lineup card, maybe the scratch paper it was written on, just like when they wrote Let It Be."

0-to-30, in a hurry

RHP Fernando Rodney, above, became the fourth pitcher in Rays history to reach 30 saves and did so quicker than any of the others:

Year Pitcher Game
2012 F. Rodney 103
2010 Rafael Soriano 104
2005 Danys Baez 104
Year Pitcher Game
1999 R. Hernandez 111
2000 R. Hernandez 152
2004 Danys Baez 158

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon may add loot to Elliot Johnson Twitter contest; Fernando Rodney reaches 30 saves faster than any other Ray 07/30/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 30, 2012 11:22pm]

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