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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Good deeds in community; unique items up for auction; Johnny Damon wants to stay Ray

Rays vs. Cardinals

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS

RH Wade Davis (7-5, 4.32)

CARDINALS

RH Jake Westbrook (6-3, 3.06)

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Wading in: Davis has won his past three starts but has given up 12 homers in his past nine outings, the third most in the majors since May 8. Opposing 7-8-9 hitters are batting .318 vs. Davis, as opposed to 1-through-6 going .255.

Going West: Westbrook is winless in his past three outings, allowing 12 runs in 16⅓ combined innings. Right-handers are hitting .341 off him, right-handers .273. He is 6-3 with a 3.93 ERA in 13 career starts vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Cardinals vs. Davis

Lance Berkman 0-for-1

Rays vs. Westbrook

Johnny Damon 3-for-15

B.J. Upton 1-for-9

Ben Zobrist 3-for-9

On deck

Saturday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 5.58); Cardinals — Kyle McClellan (6-4, 4.02)

Sunday: vs. Cardinals, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-7, 3.18); Cardinals — Kyle Lohse (8-4, 2.78)

Monday: at Twins, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-6, 3.43); Twins — Brian Duensing (5-7, 4.69)

No ordinary June

• INF Ben Zobrist's 12 doubles in June tied for second in club history, with Ben Grieve holding the mark of 14, set in 2002.

• 3B Evan Longoria finished June with 24 RBIs, the second-highest total in club history, behind Greg Vaughn (27 in 2001).

• LHP David Price had 48 strikeouts in June, the most in club history (RHP James Shields had 46, which ranks second).

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Good deeds of the day

OF Sam Fuld and INF Elliot Johnson visit All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg today from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. as part of Rays Kids Spirits Day. Fuld, Johnson and Raymond will interact with the patients and hand out pillows. LHP David Price will visit two rec centers in St. Petersburg (Childs Park and Gladden Park) between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. as part of the Rays Dugout Club.

Auction of the day

The team will hold an auction on the Rays radio and TV broadcasts tonight to benefit the Rays Baseball Foundation and Tampa General Hospital Children's Medical Center. Items available are hitting lessons with Johnny Damon, Rays Executive for a Day and a day with Rays broadcasters. Bids can be placed at raysbaseball.com/broadcastauction, from 7:10 to 10:15 p.m.

Quote of the day

"I hope this is a long relationship, because I really don't want to play for another team — ever. This is a perfect situation."

DH Johnny Damon, on playing for the Rays

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Good deeds in community; unique items up for auction; Johnny Damon wants to stay Ray 06/30/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:48pm]
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