Rays vs. Orioles
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
LH David Price (12-11, 3.40)
LH Zach Britton (8-9, 4.28)
Watch for ...
Price check: Price is coming off his team-record-setting 14-strikeout performance in Toronto and had a 3-2 record and 2.13 ERA in August. He is 4-1, 2.98 in seven starts vs. Baltimore, though 0-1, 5.54 in two this year.
Zach attack: Britton, 23, has had a decent rookie season and has won two straight, including a win over the Yankees in which he threw seven shutout innings. He is 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA in two starts vs. the Rays.
Rays vs. Britton
Elliot Johnson 2-for-5
Sean Rodriguez 1-for-5
B.J. Upton 1-for-5
Orioles vs. Price
Vladimir Guerrero 3-for-13
Adam Jones 3-for-17
Matt Wieters 5-for-13
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 6:10. No TV. Rays — Wade Davis (8-8, 4.52); Orioles — Alfredo Simon (4-7, 4.26)
Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01); Orioles — Jeremy Guthrie (6-16, 4.42)
Monday: vs. Rangers, 1:10. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (13-10, 2.96); Rangers — TBA
Shields' ERA improvement
RHP James Shields is on pace for the third-largest year-to-year improvement in ERA since the start of divisional play in 1969:
Pitcher, years ERAs Diff.
Bert Blyleven, 1988-89 5.43-2.73 2.70
Darryl Kile, 1999-2000 6.61-3.91 2.70
James Shields, 2010-11 5.18-2.84 2.34
Mike Hampton, 2002-03 6.15-3.84 2.31
Frank Viola, 1983-84 5.49-3.21 2.28
Source: STATS Inc.
OF Brandon Guyer's wife, Lindsay Murphy, wasn't able to make it to Texas or even watch Thursday's game because she had to work. Her assignment as a sports anchor for Washington's Fox 5 TV station: covering the Bucs-Redskins game.
Message of the day
Before flying home early to prepare for tonight's start, LHP David Price left a message on the clubhouse whiteboard: Love you guys! Win tonight for me!!!
signed with a heart, #14