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Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon joins impressive company on hits list; James Shields majors-high eighth pickoff

Today: Off

Up next: vs. Cardinals, 7:10 p.m. Friday, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

Starting pitchers

RAYS

RH Wade Davis (7-5, 4.32)

CARDINALS

LH Jaime Garcia (6-3, 3.06)

On deck

Saturday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 5.58); Cardinals — Kyle McClellan (6-4, 4.02)

Sunday: vs. Cardinals, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.18); Cardinals — Kyle Lohse (8-4, 2.78)

Monday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-6, 3.43); Twins — Brian Duensing (5-7, 4.69)

Tuesday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 2.45); Twins — Scott Baker (6-5, 3.15)

Being picky

With his first-inning pickoff of Reds 1B Joey Votto, RHP James Shields has a major league-most eight this season, which also ties a club record set by Joe Kennedy in 2002.

High praise

Reds manager Dusty Baker after facing Rays LHP David Price and RHP James Shields on back-to-back days: "Especially the last couple days, we saw the best pitching we are going to see. I see why they are where they are."

Quote of the day 2

"Obviously people up there are probably going to say, 'Oh, he's no Teddy Ballgame.' We all know that. He was tremendous. But the one thing I do have is a championship."

DH Johnny Damon, on what he thinks fans in Boston — who still have hard feelings over him joining the Yankees — would say about him tying Red Sox legend Ted Williams on the all-time hits list

Quote of the day

"That is a very significant name in the history of this game. So if I'm a young man and I grew up and tied Ted Williams on the hit list, I might crack open a nice bottle that night."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the significance of DH Johnny Damon tying Hall of Famer Ted Williams for 71st on the all-time hits list (2,654)

Numbers of the day

9 Times the Rays pitching staff has had at least 10 strikeouts in a home game.

17 RBIs in interleague play this season for 3B Evan Longoria, the most in the majors and one shy of club record (set by Fred McGriff in 2001 and Gerald Williams in 2000).

Number of the day

17 RBIs in interleague play this season for 3B Evan Longoria, the most in the majors and one shy of club record (set by Fred McGriff in 2001 and Gerald Williams in 2000).

Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon joins impressive company on hits list; James Shields majors-high eighth pickoff 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:50pm]
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