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Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Lobaton gets married at the Trop; James Shields acknowledges some urgency

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $17-$275, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (7-5, 4.04)

YANKEES: RH Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03)

On Shields: Is winless in his past three starts, allowing a career-high 14 hits in a loss to the Tigers on Thursday. He's 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.

On Nova: Is coming off a strong June (4-0, 1.59 ERA) and gave up one run over 71/3 innings his last outing against the White Sox. He's 4-0, 2.82 in six career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups


B.J. Upton 3-for-17

Jose Molina 1-for-10, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-13


R. Cano 27-for-65, 4 HRs

C. Granderson 5-for-52, HR

A. Rodriguez 13-for-45, 3 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-4, 2.92); Yankees — David Phelps (1-3, 3.16)

Thursday: at Indians, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 3.44); Indians — Josh Tomlin (4-5, 5.85)

Friday: at Indians, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-5, 4.94); Indians — Justin Masterson (5-7, 3.92)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Getting hitched

Jose Lobaton had a busy day at the plate. Before suiting up to catch Monday night's game, he stepped up for a brief morning ceremony to get married at the Trop. Jose and Nina walked up a red carpet to the plate, as teammate Carlos Peña and his wife, Pamela, stood up for them, and a notary did the honors.

Quote of the day

"We're not really panicking or nothing like that, but we definitely know we have to get better, all-around."

RHP James Shields on the Rays' recent struggles

Number of the day


Consecutive home wins by Rays over Yankees, the longest such streak by any team against New York in the past 20 years

Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Lobaton gets married at the Trop; James Shields acknowledges some urgency 07/02/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 3, 2012 12:33am]
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