Up next: vs. Orioles, 7:10 Friday; Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-3, 2,71); Orioles — Wei-Yin Chen (4-1, 3.31)
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 — Jake Arrieta (2-6, 5.37)
Turns out, DH/OF Hideki Matsui's two-run homer in his Rays debut Tuesday was big news in Japan, gracing the front page of several newspapers. As one Japanese writer put it, "It was economics, politics and Matsui."
Matsui mania, part II
When DH/OF Hideki Matsui homered Tuesday, it marked the fifth time a Japanese player homered in his debut with a major-league team, and the second time he has done it (with the Angels, April 5, 2010, against the Brewers).
Quote of the day I
"I asked him: 'Really? Behind me?' And he goes, 'Hey, I have no idea what that was; I didn't say anything to him about it.' He seemed to say he was completely innocent in the matter."
Ben Zobrist, Rays 2B, on his conversation with White Sox C A.J. Pierzynski after LHP Jose Quintana threw a pitch behind Zobrist in the fourth inning. Zobrist believed it was intentional.
Quote of the day II
"These guys are good, they're going to be in the pennant race until the end and maybe we'll see them down the road again."
A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox C, on the Rays
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Guests of the day
Most of the Bucs rookies, including LB Najee Goode, at right being denied cotton candy, and RB Doug Martin, were at the Rays game with students from Campbell Park Elementary in St. Petersburg. The group visited the rays tank and helped sing Take Me out to the Ball Game during the seventh-inning stretch.
Number of the day
Strikeouts in May for Rays pitchers, a club record for any month. The previous best was 233 in June 2007.