Rays vs. Rangers
When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH James Shields (13-10, 2.84)
RH Scott Feldman (1-0, 2.86)
Watch for …
Going the distance: Shields has won his past two starts, including eight shutout innings against the Rangers last week. He's is 4-2 with a 3.42 ERA in seven career starts against Texas.
Great Scott: Feldman, stepping in for struggling Alexi Ogando, is coming off two strong outings, including six shutout innings against the Rays last week. He is 4-1, 1.41 in nine appearances (four starts) against Tampa Bay.
Prediction of the day
The Rays held their fantasy football draft after Sunday's game, and there was plenty of trash talk and trade discussions leading up to it. C Kelly Shoppach, right, the defending champ who proudly had last season's trophy and a shirt reading "Champ" with No. 1 up in his locker, predicts a repeat: "It's over already. Champ stays the champ."
For the birds
RF Matt Joyce was a bit surprised to see pigeons flocking by the Rays bullpen mound around the rightfield line during the middle innings. "I thought that was pretty funny," Joyce said. "I didn't have any seeds or anything to give them. It's one of baseball's weird quirks, and makes the game fun."
Number of the day
Complete games for the Rays this season, a club record (12 in 2002). Only the Phillies have more complete games this season (15).