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Tampa Bay Rays: Luke Scott appreciates gift from Orioles; Rays plan Mother's Day tribute

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 1:35 today; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (5-0, 3.05)

O's: RH Jake Arrieta (2-2, 3.52)

On Shields: His five-game winning streak was snapped in New York, though he had a decent outing (6 IP, 4 H, 3 R). Is 8-5, 3.45 in 21 starts vs. O's, including 5-1, 3.44 in 10 games at Camden Yards.

On Arrieta: Was on wrong end of Josh Hamilton's outburst, allowing first two of his four homers, and another to Adrian Beltre, in his last start. Is 2-1, 3.70 in four starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Arrieta

Matt Joyce 3-for-7, HR

B.J. Upton 2-for-11, HR

Ben Zobrist 0-for-5

O's vs. Shields

Adam Jones 12-for-31, HR

Nick Markakis

17-for-59, 2 HRs

Matt Wieters 3-for-16, HR

On deck

Monday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 3.48); Jays — Brandon Morrow (4-1, 2.27)

Tuesday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (5-2, 2.98); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (3-2, 2.61)

Wednesday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.95); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (4-1, 8.31)

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (3-1, 4.70)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Welcoming gift of the day

Rays DH Luke Scott had a good laugh when he got to the clubhouse Saturday and was greeted by a 3-foot-or-so "doll" version of former O's teammate and close pal Felix Pie, assembled from black athletic wrap and outfitted with Pie's No. 18 road jersey and used batting gloves. "It's my friend that I miss so much: Felix the Cat," Scott said. "They made it for me and sent it over to bring back some good memories." Pie also was let go by the O's and is playing for Atlanta's Triple-A team.

Mom's tribute of the day

Most of the Rays will be wearing or using something pink today as part of baseball's tribute to Mother's Day and efforts to help the fight against breast cancer. Some players (and coaches) will have pink cleats, some pink wristbands or wrist guards, and many will use pink bats. "Every day should be Mother's Day because mothers are so special," 1B Carlos Peña said. "So we should be allowed to use them every day."

Number of the day

3 Errors by Rays in the second inning, tying the team record for an inning.

Tampa Bay Rays: Luke Scott appreciates gift from Orioles; Rays plan Mother's Day tribute 05/12/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 12, 2012 11:04pm]
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