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Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce a rare Ray batting leader; Rays to honor Navy Seals

Rays at Indians

When/where: 12:05 today; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable starters:

RAYS

RH James Shields (3-2, 2.01)

INDIANS

RH Justin Masterson (5-0, 2.25)

Watch for …

Shields up: The Indians have been a problem for Shields, who is 0-4, 4.06 in six starts, and 0-2, 5.11 in three in Cleveland. He has, however, been on an impressive roll, going 3-0, 0.81 in his past four starts and ranking fifth in the AL in ERA.

Master of his domain: Masterson, the former Boston prospect, has been impressive thus far, going at least 6 IP each start, though he is winless in his past two outings. He is 1-4, 6.00 in nine games (five starts) vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Masterson

Johnny Damon0-for-5

Evan Longoria5-for-17

B.J. Upton5-for-11, HR

Indians vs. Shields

Orlando Cabrera6-for-18

Travis Hafner2-for-11

Grady Sizemore1-for-15

On deck

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 3.72); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-5, 4.09)

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-2, 3.07); O's — Brad Bergesen (0-4, 5.57)

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-0, 2.87); O's — Jake Arrieta (4-1, 4.17)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Historic note of the day

When Matt Joyce led the AL in hitting through Wednesday, it marked the second latest into a season a Ray has been on top in their 14 years of play. The list:

PlayerAvg.Date

Jason Bartlett.373May 24, 2009

Matt Joyce.358May 11, 2011

Sam Fuld.366April 22, 2011

Quote of the day

"If anybody's going to pick up the other ball on the field, you would bet it would be Mikey Jaso."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on his quirky catcher, above, and an odd play in Tuesday's game

Giveaway of the day

For Tuesday's game against the Yankees, the first 10,000 fans in Rays gear or with a military ID will get a Rays/Navy Seals T-shirt.

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce a rare Ray batting leader; Rays to honor Navy Seals 05/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 12, 2011 1:41am]
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