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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: A Tweet meeting, David Price on edge

Rays at Royals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

RH Jeff Niemann (4-4, 3.94)

Royals:

LH Jeff Francis (3-11, 4.62)

Watch for …

Standing tall: Niemann has been sizzling in July, allowing only two earned runs in 21 1/3 innings. He is 3-0 with a 0.71 ERA in four games (three starts) vs. the Royals.

Leaning left: Francis, a former Rockie, seems to be pitching better than his record shows, especially at home, where he has a 3.38 ERA but a 2-5 record. He has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Francis

Kelly Shoppach 0-for-2

Royals vs. Niemann

Billy Butler 1-for-20

Alex Gordon 0-for-4

Mitch Maier 1-for-7

On deck

Sunday: at Royals, 2:10; Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (2-0, 3.09); Royals — Felipe Paulino (1-3, 3.60)

Monday: at A's, 10:07; Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.17); A's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Okay to be a follower

The Rays announced plans for their first Tweet-Up, a gathering of people who use the Twitter social media service, at the Aug. 4 game. CNBC reporter Darren Rovell, who has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter, will host, sing the anthem, report live from the Trop and, of course, Tweet at will. The team will offer promotions through its @RaysRepublic account.

Tweet of the day

"Ill quit"

Rays LHP David Price (@David Price14), when asked: "How you feeling about your boy James Shields might get traded?" Price said later he wasn't kidding: "Let it be known."

Number of the day

12

Rookies used by the Rays, including eight pitchers. The team record is 16, set in the 100-loss 2001 season.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: A Tweet meeting, David Price on edge 07/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 22, 2011 11:44pm]
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