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Tampa Bay Rays: More on "Complete Game" James Shields; David Price swims with the rays

Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Tickets: $9-$210 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Starting pitchers:

Rays: LH David Price (12-12, 3.41)

Rangers: LH Derek Holland (13-5, 4.13)

Watch for …

Price check: Price has been sharp with 25 strikeouts in his past two starts but only one win to show for it. The Rangers are the only AL team Price hasn't beaten, and he wants to do something about his 0-6, 6.26 mark.

Holland tunnel: Holland has been on a roll, going 7-1, 2.76 ERA over his past 11 games, and is tied with James Shields for an AL-high four shutouts. Holland is 3-1, 7.29 in four starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Holland

Evan Longoria 5-for-11, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-8. HR

Ben Zobrist 2-for-9, HR

Rangers vs. Price

Adrian Beltre 3-for-14

Josh Hamilton 1-for-10

Michael Young 2-for-10

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (9-9, 4.50); Red Sox — John Lackey (12-11, 6.11)

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.90); Red Sox — Kyle Weiland (0-1, 8.10)

James Shields note of the day

Shields' 11 complete games are not only the most in the majors this season, they are more than 26 of the other 29 teams. And they are more than the Rays accumulated in 12 of their 13 seasons. Shields became the first AL pitcher with 10 or more complete games and 200 strikeouts since Randy Johnson for Seattle in 1993.

David Price note of the day

While the rest of the Rays were doing batting practice, David Price went to visit his "friends" in the outfield rays tank. Price — in uniform — took off his spikes, donned a wetsuit and, for the first time, waded into the tank, careful not to get too close. "I don't touch 'em, I don't feed 'em," Price said. And when they swam by? "I kinda panicked."

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Tampa Bay Rays: More on "Complete Game" James Shields; David Price swims with the rays 09/06/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 11:15pm]

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