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Tampa Bay Rays: Minimalist, and not, travelers; another four-legged visitor; better like fun says Brandon Allen

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (1-2, 4.11)

Rangers: RH Colby Lewis (2-0, 2.03)

On Niemann: He is coming off his first win, allowing just two runs over 5⅓ innings against the Twins. He has struggled against the Rangers, going 0-2 with a 10.66 ERA in three career appearances (two starts).

On Lewis: He has started strong, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his first four starts. He has fared well against Tampa Bay, going 3-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four appearances.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Lewis

Ben Zobrist 1-for-6

Luke Scott 2-for-5

Jeff Keppinger 1-for-11

Rangers vs. Niemann

Mike Napoli 5-for-12, HR

Adrian Beltre 6-for-19, HR

Michael Young 3-for-8, HR

Note: Includes postseason

On deck

Sunday: at Rangers, 8:05, ESPN. Rays — David Price (3-1, 2.63); Rangers — Derek Holland (2-1, 4.78)

Monday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.84); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.48)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Review of the day

Manager Joe Maddon was glad to see some of his players packing light for the "minimalist" road trip, pointing out Ben Zobrist brought just a satchel of clothes. "Basically a pillowcase," Maddon said. But clubhouse equipment manager Chris Westmoreland joked several players "didn't get the memo." "It wasn't as minimal as I thought it'd be," he said.

Quote of the day

"It's like you're an outcast if you don't have fun. Literally."

New 1B/OF Brandon Allen, on how the Rays take fun to another level in their uniquely loose clubhouse environment

Guest of the day

RHP Jeff Niemann's dog Sadie, a Belgian Tervuren shepherd, was in the clubhouse and got many new fans after LHP David Price posted a photo on Twitter. "It was awesome," Niemann said. Sadie spends most her days on Niemann's ranch, which is two hours west of his hometown of Houston. "She goes out there and chases the cows," he said. "She doesn't know the boundaries yet."

Tampa Bay Rays: Minimalist, and not, travelers; another four-legged visitor; better like fun says Brandon Allen 04/27/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:23am]
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