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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: 10 Ks equals 2 pies; throwing up the unity sign

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within five hours of game time

Promotion: James Shields T-shirt to first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (8-6, 4.44)

Mariners: RH Hisashi Iwakuma (1-2, 5.13)

On Shields: Shields, who has allowed double-digit hits in four straight games, has had trouble with the otherwise light-hitting Mariners, going 1-2 with a 7.71 ERA in his past four games against them, and 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA in 12 games overall.

On Iwakuma: A 31-year-old veteran of 11 seasons in Japan, Iwakuma makes his third start since moving into the rotation midway through his first major-league season. He has a no-decision against the Orioles and a loss to Rangers.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Iwakuma

None have faced

Mariners vs. Shields

Chone Figgins 11-for-32

Kyle Seager 4-for-6, 2 HR

Ichiro Suzuki 13-for-39, HR

On deck

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (4-6, 4.92); Mariners — Jason Vargas (9-7, 4.09)

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (6-6, 4.39); Mariners — Blake Beavan (4-6, 6.06)

Monday: Off

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day, July 13

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

* out for season

Pizza history repeats itself

On Sunday, reliever Wade Davis struck out the side in the ninth inning to give the Rays 10 strikeouts for the day, activating the free pizza promotion. It was the first time it happened that dramatically in five years (since May 6, 2007, when Ruddy Lugo did so). Four days later, Davis did the exact same thing, and Thursday was double pizza day.

All together now

At the suggestion of 3B Evan Longoria, the Rays are making a hand gesture — putting their index and middle fingers into a V shape and interlocking them (Matt Joyce, right) — when they get on base after a hit, and hold them higher the bigger the hit. The symbolism, players said, is to show team unity and togetherness.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: 10 Ks equals 2 pies; throwing up the unity sign 07/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 10:30pm]
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