Number of the day
94.9 Average fastball velocity for Rays LHP David Price, the highest among qualifying American League pitchers, says FanGraphs. LHP Matt Moore is second at 94.4.
Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports;
620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Promotion: Jeremy Hellickson rookie of the year figurine to the first 10,000 fans
LH David Price (6-3, 2.71)
LH Wei-Yin Chen
On Price: He has been on a good roll, allowing two earned runs or fewer in six of his past eight starts. He is 4-2 with a 2.90 ERA in nine career appearances against the Orioles.
On Chen: The 26-year-old from Japan makes his 10th big-league start. He is winless in his past two starts, but he allowed just two runs over six innings vs. the Royals. He is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA in four road starts.
Orioles vs. Price
Adam Jones 3-for-20
Matt Weiters 6-for-18
Rays vs. Chen
Has never faced
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.83); Orioles — Brian Matusz (4-5, 4.82)
Sunday: vs. Orioles 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-5, 4.76); Orioles — TBA
Rays disabled list
(with eligible-to-return date)
1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, May 25
C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, Tuesday
RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, Tuesday
OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, Tuesday
OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day, July 13
OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, Sunday
INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, Sunday
3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16
RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Guest of the day
New Bucs coach Greg Schiano will throw out the ceremonial first pitch today.
Playing off the gladiator masks 1B Carlos Peña and DH Luke Scott have worn recently, the team ordered shirts with a picture of the mask on the front and Vires et Honestas (Latin for "strength and honor") on the back. "That's the way we like to think of ourselves. We're gladiators," Peña said. "We come out and battle every day."