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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Adam Russell hosts family, Rays show support for Lightning, Sam Fuld's hero frequency

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable starters

RAYS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.50)

JAYS: LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 6.75)

Watch for ...

Bounce back: Hellickson lost his last start against the Twins but pitched pretty well, giving up four runs over seven innings. It was his longest outing of the season. Hellickson has never pitched against Toronto.

Leaning left: Reyes is coming off back-to-back road losses, including giving up four runs on seven hits in just three innings in his last start in Boston. He has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups:

Rays vs. Reyes

Casey Kotchman 0-for-3

Felipe Lopez 1-for-1

Jays vs. Hellickson

Rajai Davis 1-for-3

Corey Patterson 1-for-1

On deck

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, FSN. Rays — David Price (2-2, 2.83); Jays — Brandon Morrow

Sunday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (1-1, 3.07); Jays — Ricky Romero (1-2, 3.12)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

House guests

RHP Adam Russell, left, has welcomed his older sister, Tracy Galvin, 35, and her kids, Fiona, 4, and Tommy, 1, to his Tampa home the past couple of days. Galvin, a Cleveland resident who has Stage 4 breast cancer, is on a nonprofit-sponsored vacation and has taken her kids to Disney World and the Florida Aquarium. They all feel at home with their uncle. He set up a bed in his office for Fiona. "She asked if (Russell) was going to paint her room pink," said Galvin, on right with Tommy center.

Quote of the day

"We have those heroes night in and night out, it just seems like he's been the hero every night."

3B Evan Longoria, on OF Sam Fuld's impressive all-around play the past couple of weeks

Encouragement of the day

The Rays planned to wear Lightning shirts and hats to Toronto late Thursday, showing support for Tampa Bay, which trails the Penguins 3-1 in the best-of-seven NHL series. Game 5 is Saturday in Pittsburgh. "They've been playing hard, just need breaks to go their way," OF Matt Joyce said. "I see that happening."

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