Rays vs. Yankees
When/where: 1:40 p.m. today; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 in 2011)
RHP Phil Hughes (5-5, 5.79 in 2011)
Tickets: $19-$300, at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time
Promotion: Raymond Cowbell to first 10,000 kids 14 and under
Watch for …
Jeremy the kid: Hellickson, the AL rookie of the year, will try to pick up where he left off, with the Rays winning four of his last five starts in 2011.
Tuesday: at Tigers, 1:05, Comerica Park. Rays — Matt Moore (1-0, 2.89); Tigers — Rick Porcello (14-9, 4.75)
Wednesday: at Tigers, 1:05, Comerica Park. Rays — James Shields (0-0, 10.80); Tigers — Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)
Guest of the day
Former C Bengie Molina paid a visit Saturday to his younger brother, Rays C Jose Molina, wearing a Tampa Bay jersey and cap during batting practice. Bengie watched their other brother, Cardinals C Yadier Molina, play Wednesday in Miami, then drove to St. Petersburg for Friday's opener. Bengie says, like always, he picks up the dinner bill. "I never let them pay," says Bengie, 37, a year older than Jose. "If they pay, they have to be trickier than me."
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Performance of the day
American Idol finalist Shannon Magrane, 16-year-old daughter of former Rays broadcaster Joe Magrane, delivered a tremendous performance of the national anthem. She had done it before, as a fifth-grader. "That was one of my most biggest performances and crowds ever, so that was really nerve-wracking," Magrane said. "Now I'm here and I'm still a little nervous."