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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Going gladiator; top Buc to toss; Price on radar gun

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

Probable pitchers


LH David Price (6-3, 2.71)


LH Wei-Yin Chen

(4-1, 3.31)

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

On deck

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

Monday: Off

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.

Gladiator garb

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."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Going gladiator; top Buc to toss; Price on radar gun 05/31/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 31, 2012 9:44pm]
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