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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: David Price pays up on birthday, Sam Fuld guessing game

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH Jeff Niemann (8-5, 3.41)

Blue Jays

LH Luis Perez (3-2, 3.26)

Watch for ...

Standing tall: Niemann's seven-game winning streak ended in a good, but not great, start against Tigers ace Justin Verlander on Monday. Niemann still has an unbeaten streak on the road dating to April, and he is 3-3 with a 5.11 ERA in nine starts against the Jays.

Leaning left: Perez, 26, moved from the bullpen to the rotation in style, taking a perfect game into the sixth on Aug. 21 against Oakland. He began the season as a starter at Triple A and has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Perez

None have faced

Jays vs. Niemann

Jose Bautista 2-for-15

Yunil Escobar 0-for-5

Adam Lind 10-for-23, 2 HR

Mark Teahen 3-for-10, HR

On deck

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-11, 3.53); Blue Jays — Brandon Morrow (9-8, 4.65)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.43); Blue Jays — Ricky Romero (12-9, 2.73)

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01); Rangers — Matt Harrison (10-9, 3.59)

Wednesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (12-10, 2.96); Rangers — Alexi Ogando (12-6, 3.59)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Birthday "present"?

After a trip to the mall, SS Reid Brignac wanted to take LHP David Price, who turned 26 Friday, out to lunch for pho, a Vietnamese soup and noodle dish. They found exactly what they wanted at Pho Hung in Toronto's Chinatown. The only problem? Brignac's credit card, which he used heavily at the mall, was denied, and the restaurant wouldn't take his U.S. money. "So," Price said, "I had to pay for it."

Contest of the day

OF Sam Fuld, left, took to Twitter (@SamFuld5) Thursday to give away a pair of tickets with one of the more interesting Rays contests: guess his blood sugar level. Fuld, a Type 1 diabetic, was overwhelmed that more than 300 people guessed. (The winner was right on at 174). "It was fun. I may do it again," Fuld said, maybe with a fundraising tie-in for juvenile diabetes research.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: David Price pays up on birthday, Sam Fuld guessing game 08/26/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 26, 2011 11:46pm]
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