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Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon joins exclusive power-speed club; James Shields releases book about September baseball

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH Wade Davis (10-8, 4.36)

ORIOLES: RH Jeremy Guthrie (7-17, 4.29)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis is coming off a stellar outing, Friday's complete-game win over the Red Sox. He is facing the O's for the sixth time in 2011, having gone 3-2, 5.52. In five career starts at Baltimore he is 4-0, 3.27.

Familiar face: Guthrie is facing the Rays for the sixth time this season, having gone 1-3, 4.50, and the 19th time in his career (5-10, 4.15 overall). He threw seven shutout innings at Toronto on Friday.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Guthrie

Johnny Damon 12-for-53, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 11-for-33, HR

Ben Zobrist 10-for-29

Orioles vs. Davis

Vlad Guerrero 3-for-16, HR

Nick Markakis 7-for-29, HR

Matt Wieters 7-for-18

On deck

Thursday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.96); Red Sox — TBA

Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-10, 2.70); Red Sox — TBA

Saturday: at Red Sox, 4:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeff Niemann (10-7, 3.97); Red Sox — TBA

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.34); Red Sox — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Achievement of the day

With his second-inning steal, Johnny Damon joined Paul Molitor as the only players with 200 homers, 100 triples and 400 steals. They are two of nine with 200-400; also Roberto Alomar, Craig Biggio, Bobby and Barry Bonds, Marquis Grissom, Rickey Henderson and Joe Morgan.

Announcement of the day

RHP James Shields' book about last season, September Nights, written with raysbaseball.com's Bill Chastain, was released Tuesday, available in paperback through Amazon.com and retailers, and in e-book formats. "It's a cool little thing for fans to get to know what September baseball is all about," Shields said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon joins exclusive power-speed club; James Shields releases book about September baseball 09/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 10:07pm]
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