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Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce's All-Star memories; Tim McCarver praises franchise, Joe Maddon

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH James Shields (8-7, 2.33)

Red Sox

RH John Lackey (6-8, 6.84)

Watch for ...

Bounce back: Shields has lost three in a row despite allowing a combined six earned runs. He's 6-9, 4.71 in 17 starts against Boston and threw a complete-game shutout against it June 14.

Johnny on the spot: Lackey snapped a three-game skid his last time out with 62/3 scoreless innings against Baltimore. He has fared well against Tampa Bay, 11-4, 3.75 in 16 starts.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lackey

Johnny Damon 18-for-50

Evan Longoria 5-for-18

B.J. Upton 3-for-21, HR

Red Sox vs. Shields

David Ortiz 12-for-36, 3 HRs

Dustin Pedroia 13-for-34, 2 HRs

Kevin Youkilis 3-for-35

Memory of the day

As memorable as RF Matt Joyce's first All-Star Game was, including hitting a single with his father "absolutely ecstatic" in the stands, he said the most fun was hanging with other stars. He chatted with Yankees 2B Robinson Cano before the Home Run Derby and with Red Sox 1B Adrian Gonzalez and Rangers OF Josh Hamilton at dinner. He talked hitting with White Sox RF Carlos Quentin. "It was funny because he was asking me questions," Joyce said. "I was like, 'Wait a minute here, buddy. I don't know if I'm the guy to ask.' "

Quote of the day

"They've done a remarkable job, especially considering all the changes that have taken place. And they've got the perfect guy running the show."

Tim McCarver, Fox analyst and former big-league catcher on the Rays and manager Joe Maddon

Guest of the day

Former Florida football coach Urban Meyer chatted with Rays manager Joe Maddon, Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg and Red Sox manager Terry Francona during batting practice.

Tampa Bay Rays: Matt Joyce's All-Star memories; Tim McCarver praises franchise, Joe Maddon 07/15/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 15, 2011 11:10pm]
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