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Tampa Bay Rays' Luke Scott tries Twitter; Carlos Peña giveaway planned

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $19-$300, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH James Shields (8-5, 4.17)

RED SOX: RH Josh Beckett (4-7, 4.43)

On Shields: He has allowed double-digit hits in his past three starts, including giving up five runs on 10 hits last Sunday in Cleveland. He threw 81/3 shutout innings against the Red Sox on April 16 at Fenway Park.

On Beckett: He has been inconsistent this season, allowing two earned runs or fewer in five of his past 10 starts, and a combined 24 over the other five. He is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts this season against the Rays (10-4 with a 2.82 ERA in 24 over his career).

Key matchups

Rays vs. Beckett

Carlos Peña 4-for-35, HR

Luke Scott 11-for-27, 3 HRs

Ben Zobrist 2-for-23

Red Sox vs. Shields

David Ortiz 15-for-49, 3 HRs

Jarrod Saltalamacchia 0-for-12

Ryan Sweeney 9-for-23, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-5, 4.89); Indians — Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.40).



Twitter account of the day

The latest Ray to join Twitter could be one of the most interesting, occasionally outspoken DH Luke Scott signing up at @LukeScottOP. Scott plans to proceed slowly, and with help from a friend. Worth a follow? "Absolutely," Rays manager Joe Madddon said. "How could you not?"

Giveaway of the day

The Rays will give away a Carlos Peña Ice Cream Bowl & Spoon set to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under today.

Number of the day

.353

Batting average for Ben Zobrist since June 7, entering Saturday's game, raising his average 54 points in that span.

Tampa Bay Rays' Luke Scott tries Twitter; Carlos Peña giveaway planned 07/14/12 [Last modified: Saturday, July 14, 2012 11:21pm]
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