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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, raysbaseball.com, 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

Rays VS. NOVA

B.J. Upton 3-for-17

Jose Molina 1-for-10, HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-13

YANKEES VS. SHIELDS

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

8

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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