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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Japanese media; more "Zim Bears"

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:15 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Promotions: Postgame concert by Earth Wind & Fire

Probable pitchers


RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 3.45)


RH Rick Porcello (5-5, 4.71)

On Hellickson: He is coming off the disabled list after missing two starts because of shoulder fatigue. He is winless in his previous five starts, including allowing eight runs over 32/3 innings against the Mets in his last one.

On Porcello: He has won two of his past three starts, including giving up one run over six innings last time out, against the Rangers. He is 1-1 with a 3.15 ERA in three starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Porcello

Carlos Peña 2-for-8, HR

Hideki Matsui4-for-16

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-6

Tigers VS. Hellickson

Delmon Young 2-for-9

Austin Jackson 3-for-9, HR

Miguel Cabrera 1-for-6

On deck

Sunday: vs. Tigers, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-4, 4.73); Tigers — Drew Smyly (2-2, 3.96)

Monday: vs Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (4-5, 4.19); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (2-2, 6.39)

Tuesday: vs Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (7-5, 4.04); Yankees — Ivan Nova (9-2, 4.03).

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Taking roll

Manager Joe Maddon has a cheat sheet with photos to remember the names of the Japanese media following DH/OF Hideki Matsui and jokingly took roll before Friday's pregame media session. One added member was Rays third-base coach Tom (Fo-Lee) Foley. "The latest addition to the Japanese media," Maddon said, joking. "Doubles as a third-base coach."

Demand of the day

Due to the incredible demand for Friday's "Zim Bear" giveaway, the Rays ordered 10,000 more figurines of senior adviser Don Zimmer and will schedule another giveaway for later this season.

Quote of the day

"This is no time to wave the white flag."

3B Evan Longoria, on the Rays' recent struggles

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Japanese media; more "Zim Bears" 06/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 11:25pm]
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