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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Good-cause yoga for Longoria; big-boy pants for Fuld

Rays at Blue Jays

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

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

Probable starters:

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.98)

JAYS: RH Jesse Litsch (4-2, 4.14)

Watch for …

Complete Game Jeremy: Hellickson is coming off a stellar start, a complete-game shutout of the Orioles on Friday, and hasn't allowed a run over his past 14 IP. His only start against the Jays was April 22, when he went 7 innings, allowing 3 runs, and got no decision.

Familiar face: Litsch was pushed back after Tuesday's rainout in Detroit. He is a Dixie Hollins High grad and was a Rays batboy in 2002-03, and is 1-3, 3.89 in six starts against his former employers. He has pitched well since recovering from 2010 shoulder surgery.

Key matchups

Rays vs. LITSCH

Johnny Damon 7-for-17, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-17

Ben Zobrist 1-for-3

Jays vs. Hellickson

Jose Bautista 1-for-3, HR

Rajai Davis 1-for-3

Yunel Escobar 0-for-4

On deck

Thursday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-3, 3.47); Jays — Ricky Romero (3-4, 3.35)

Friday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 3.92); Marlins —Javier Vazquez (2-4, 7.55)

Longoria goes to the mat

3B Evan Longoria said his first yoga-for-charity session went well, with a dozen classmates at the Bella Prana studio in Tampa raising about $1,200 for the Moffitt Cancer Center. Longoria, who began doing yoga 3 years ago, said his favorite position is standing on his head. "Doing the upside-down stuff is the most fun for me," he said. Monthly sessions are planned (next is June 14) and may be expanded. E-mail for more information.



The long and short of it

OF Sam Fuld is used to being kidded over his size. So he found it quite humorous when a teammate — he believes it's B.J. Upton — hung some kid-sized uniform pants (a youth medium) in his locker. "I laughed," the 5-foot-10 Fuld said. "I haven't tried them on yet though. I'll spare myself that."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Good-cause yoga for Longoria; big-boy pants for Fuld 05/17/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:26pm]
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