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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Dan Johnson switches lockers, Johnny Damon advances on hit list, David Price shines vs. Jays

Damon's hit list

Where Johnny Damon stands on the all-time list:

72. Jimmie Foxx 2,646

73. Rabbit Maranville 2,605

Tim Raines 2,605

75. Johnny Damon 2,600

76. Steve Garvey 2,599

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Starting pitchers

Rays

RH James Shields (2-1, 2.14)

Orioles

LH Zach Britton (5-1, 2.63)

Watch for ...

Shields up: Shields has dominated despite not getting much run support. The Rays have scored nine runs in his six starts (and are 5-1). He is fourth in the American League in ERA and has allowed a .211 average. He is 7-5 with a 3.57 ERA in 20 starts vs. Baltimore.

Zach attack: Britton has been a success since making a solid big-league debut vs. the Rays on April 3 (six innings, one run, three hits), though he was removed from his last start with a callous on his middle finger. He is 3-0, 1.83 at home.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Britton

Elliot Johnson 1-for-3

Kelly Shoppach 0-for-3

B.J. Upton 0-for-3

Orioles vs. Shields

V. Guerrero 14-for-36, 2 HR

Adam Jones 11-for-28, HR

N. Markakis 17-for-56, 2 HR

On deck

Saturday: at Orioles, 1:10. Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.31); Orioles — Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 3.00)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (3-2, 2.77); Orioles — Brad Bergesen (0-3, 4.88)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Indians, 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Indians — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Relocation of the day

Dan Johnson (and his .132 average) moved across the Rays clubhouse into the back corner locker previously occupied by Manny Ramirez and Felipe Lopez. "I've got to find something," Johnson said. "This locker was bad luck for two other people; there's got to be some luck over here."

Numbers of the day

8-0, 2.13 David Price's record, ERA in 9 starts vs. Jays

Streak of the day

6 Consecutive wins on Cinco de Mayo by the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Dan Johnson switches lockers, Johnny Damon advances on hit list, David Price shines vs. Jays 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:50pm]
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