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Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Molina gets visit from another catcher brother; Joe Magrane's daughter nails national anthem despite nerves

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 1:40 p.m. today; Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers:

RAYS

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.95 in 2011)

YANKEES

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.

On deck

Monday: off

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."

Tampa Bay Rays: Jose Molina gets visit from another catcher brother; Joe Magrane's daughter nails national anthem despite nerves 04/07/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 7, 2012 11:16pm]
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