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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's bobblehead; James Shield on pitching against Marlins again in a week; Ben Zobrist's success against Chad Gaudin

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 7:15 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Promotions: MLB Network drawstring backpack to first 25,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH James Shields (7-4, 4.06)

Marlins:

RH Anibal Sanchez (3-5, 3.40)

On Shields: He ended a four-start winless streak with a victory over the Marlins on Sunday, allowing just one run over 6⅓ innings. He's 6-2 with a 3.84 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) against the Marlins.

On Sanchez: He has lost five of his past six starts, including giving up four runs in six innings against the Rays on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.95 ERA in three career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sanchez

Matt Joyce 3-for-6, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-7

Carlos Peña 2-for-7, HR

Marlins vs. Shields

John Buck 4-for-14, 2 HRs

Gaby Sanchez 6-for-13, HR

Giancarlo Stanton 1-for-8

On deck

Sunday: vs Marlins, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-3, 4.70); Marlins — Josh Johnson (4-4, 4.27)

Monday: off

Tuesday: at Nationals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-4, 3.01); Nationals — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"When you make bobbleheaddom, I think that's quite an achievement in one's personal life. It's way too flattering for me. I think the bobblehead looks much better than I actually do in real life."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, on his bobblehead likeness that was Friday night's game promotion

Quote of the day II

"It's not very fun, actually."

RHP James Shields, on pitching against the same team in back-to-back starts, as he'll do tonight vs. the Marlins after earning a 2-1 win Sunday. Last season he did so vs. the Rangers, Bosox and Yanks.

Stat of

the day

2

Homers in as many at-bats by Ben Zobrist against Marlins RHP Chad Gaudin. Zobrist is 7-for-11 lifetime against the reliever.

Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon's bobblehead; James Shield on pitching against Marlins again in a week; Ben Zobrist's success against Chad Gaudin 06/15/12 [Last modified: Saturday, June 16, 2012 12:20am]
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