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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: James Shields shows big heart with Roberto Clemente Award; relievers set team record

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 970-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $12-$255, available at the stadium box office, Ticketmaster or raysbaseball.com

Promotion: A Zorilla Gorilla bobblehead to the first 10,000 kids.

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH Wade Davis (10-10, 4.55)

Jays:

LH Brett Cecil (4-10, 4.56)

Watch for:

Wading in: Davis is coming off back-to-back losses, including giving up five runs and eight hits over 4⅔ innings against the Yankees last week. But the Rays have won his past six home starts, and he is 2-0 with a 2.96 ERA in that span.

Leaning left: Cecil has lost three consecutive starts and allowed at least four earned runs in four of his past five outings. He is 4-2 with a 4.66 ERA in nine career appearances (eight starts) against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Jays vs. Davis

Jose Bautista 2-for-17, HR

Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-12

Colby Rasmus 1-for-7

Rays vs. Cecil

Evan Longoria 10-for-20, HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-20

Kelly Shoppach 0-for-10

On deck

Monday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-12, 2.84); Yankees — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (13-10, 2.90); Yankees — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-13, 3.35); Yankees — TBA

Big Heart James

RHP James Shields grew up in Southern California but considers Tampa Bay his "adopted community" since he has lived here the past 11 years while with the Rays organization. Shields and his wife, Ryane, have given back often, and for that he was recognized before Saturday's game as the Rays recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, given to the player who best represents the game on and off the field. "To me, it's one of the best awards out there," Shields said. "It's a great honor."



Number of the day

8 Scoreless innings by the Rays bullpen Saturday night, setting a club record. The previous best was 7⅔ innings on April 29, 2004.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: James Shields shows big heart with Roberto Clemente Award; relievers set team record 09/24/11 [Last modified: Saturday, September 24, 2011 11:44pm]
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