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Tampa Bay Rays: L.A. Times slams Rays fans; doubleheader numbers

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:05 and 7:10 today; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Starting pitchers:

Game 1

Rays: RH James Shields (11-9, 2.80)

RED SOX: LH Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)

Game 2

Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (7-4, 3.43)

red sox: LH Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.55)

Watch for …

Rolling Rays: Shields is coming off two strong outings, logging his eighth complete game and owning a 131/3-inning scoreless streak. Niemann is 6-0, 2.17 in nine starts since coming off the DL. Shields is 6-10, 4.95 vs. Boston, Niemann 2-2, 4.56.

Leaning left: Lester has lost his past two and walked a season-high five Aug. 10 at Minnesota. Bedard, acquired from Seattle after facing the Rays, has two five-inning no-decisions with Boston. Lester is 9-4, 3.82 vs. the Rays, Bedard 11-4, 3.41.

Key matchups

Rays vs. lester

Johnny Damon 8-for-27, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 9-for-36, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 9-for-48, 3 HRs

red sox vs. shields

Adrian Gonzalez 5-for-9, HR

David Ortiz 13-for-39, 3 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-37, 2 HRs

Rays vs. bedard

Johnny Damon 5-for-25

Kelly Shoppach 3-for-10, HR

B.J. Upton 5-for-27, HR

red sox vs. niemann

David Ortiz 2-for-9, HR

Marco Scutaro 3-for-18

Kevin Youkilis 0-for-8

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (10-10, 3.76); Red Sox — John Lackey (11-8, 6.13)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.60); M's — Felix Hernandez (11-10, 3.38)

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.22); M's — Charlie Furbush (2-1, 4.76)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Slam of the day

Los Angeles Times baseball writer Kevin Baxter ranked the best and worst fan bases, and guess who came out at the bottom: Rays fans. Wrote Baxter ([email protected]): "Management gave away tickets to draw respectable crowds during a pennant race last fall. The Rays are good and exciting, but few in Tampa Bay care." He has the Indians 28th and Marlins 29th.

Doubleheader numbers of the day

18 DHs in Rays history.

2-8-7 Rays record in all DHs.

1-6-4 Rays record in split (day-night) DHs.

0-2-2 Rays record in DHs at Boston.

28 Hours in which the three games will be played.

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