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Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon sells wine to aid families of fallen police officers; bicyclist crashes during bike safety PSA

Rays vs. Reds

When/where: 12:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers


RH James Shields (8-4, 2.29)


RH Edinson Volquez (4-3, 5.77)

Promotion: A Raymond cheer stick to the first 10,000 kids

Watch for …

Complete Game James: Shields is coming off three straight complete games, having allowed one earned run over that 27-inning span. His 14 starts of at least seven innings are tied with Phillies RHP Roy Halladay for the most in the majors.

Bounce back: Volquez is winless in his past three starts, including lasting just 41/3 innings last week in Baltimore, when he gave up four runs and seven hits.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Volquez

Johnny Damon 1-for-3

Casey Kotchman 1-for-5

Reds vs. Shields

Scott Rolen 2-for-16, HR

Miguel Cairo 2-for-6

Ramon Hernandez 4-for-25

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-5, 4.32); Cardinals — Jaime Garcia (6-3, 3.06)

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

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Good deed of the day

DH Johnny Damon announced the release of his 2007 Napa Valley red wine for "Uncork for a Cause" on Tuesday at the Vinoy and said the event went well. "It was great," he said. "It's a very good bottle of wine; they sent me some to try, and I obliged." But even better was the cause, as proceeds from the sale of the wine support the families of the three fallen St. Petersburg police officers. "Hopefully that night we can actually remember their lives and honor them in the right way and take care of their families."

Outtake of the day

Manager Joe Maddon was filming a public service announcement on bike safety on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa when, ironically, a cyclist (with no helmet) hit the curb the wrong way and crashed in front of them. "Chain came off, total scramble," Maddon said. He said the cyclist was okay, if embarrassed, though it wasn't caught on tape. "The timing of it was absolutely incredible," Maddon said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Johnny Damon sells wine to aid families of fallen police officers; bicyclist crashes during bike safety PSA 06/28/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 28, 2011 11:03pm]
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