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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Ace David Price has friend in tow; minor-league radio man finishes callup

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

LHP David Price (9-10, 3.89)

Yankees

LHP CC Sabathia (16-6, 2.81)

Watch for …

Price check: It has been a frustrating month for Price, who has lost three of his last four starts and getting only 1.46 runs per nine innings of support in that stretch. He is 0-1 with a 5.71 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.

CC for Cy: Sabathia is having a Cy Young-caliber season, dominating most teams (other than the Red Sox, who have defeated him four times). Sabathia is 9-6 with a 3.00 ERA in 22 career starts against the Rays, including 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA in two outings this season.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Sabathia

E. Longoria 8-for-24, 3 HRs

B.J. Upton 11-for-37, 2 HRs

Sean Rodriguez 2-for-14

Yankees vs. Price

Derek Jeter 10-for-32, 2 HRs

Nick Swisher 8-for-19, HR

Mark Teixeira 6-for-28

On deck

Saturday: at Yankees, 4:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05); Yankees — Phil Hughes (2-4, 7.11)

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-9, 2.80); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16)

Monday: Off

Another number

2,684hits by Rays DH Johnny Damon, whose first-inning single Thursday moved him into sole possession of 65th place on the all-time list

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Friend in the Big Apple

LHP David Price will have a special guest for tonight's start in Yankee Stadium, as his longtime best friend Terry Wanthalangsy is scheduled to be in the stands. It will be the first time Wanthalangsy has seen Price pitch in person since undergoing successful surgery July 15 to remove a tumor from the left side of his brain. Wanthalangsy, who went to Blackman (Tenn.) High with Price, has lived with him in Tampa.

Debut of the day

Triple-A Durham radio play-by-play man Neil Solondz, wrapping up his week of filling in for Rich Herrera on the pre- and postgame shows, called the fourth and fifth inning Thursday. Solondz, who is in his 14th season doing play-by-play in the minors, said it was his first time doing so in the big leagues. "It was a lot of fun," he said.

Number of the day

60-34

Rays record in August since 2008, which is best in the majors, according to STATS Inc.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Ace David Price has friend in tow; minor-league radio man finishes callup 08/11/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 11, 2011 9:31pm]
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