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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Jeff Niemann snuffs pitching streak; Kelly Shoppach has few things to say, particularly on B.J. Upton's home run

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 1550-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

LH David Price (11-11, 3.53)

Blue Jays

RH Brandon Morrow (9-8, 4.65)

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Good run: Price has strung together three solid starts, beating the Yankees and Red Sox and losing to the Tigers, with a 1.87 ERA and .175 average. He is 8-1, 2.19 in 10 starts vs. Toronto, including 2-0, 4.74 at Rogers Centre.

On the Morrow: It has been a rough month for Morrow, who is 1-3, 4.97 in four starts. He struck out 17 and took a no-hitter into the ninth vs. the Rays last year, and overall he is 3-2, 1.87 in 10 games against them.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Morrow

Johnny Damon4-for-15, HR

Evan Longoria4-for-13

B.J. Upton1-for-13

Blue Jays vs. Price

Jose Bautista9-for-22, 4 HRs

E. Encarnacion2-for-12, HR

Adam Lind6-for-30

On deck

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.28); Blue Jays — Ricky Romero (12-9, 2.78)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Streak-buster of the day

RHP Jeff Niemann pleaded ignorance after his 6⅓-inning outing ended the streak of Rays starters working at least seven innings at 11 games, the longest such run since the 2003 Mariners did so. "I had no idea," he said. "Well, that stinks. I'm sure the other guys will pick me up."

Quote of the day

"He's got as much power as anybody especially for being so skinny."

C Kelly Shoppach, on 185-pound (if that) CF B.J. Upton's long second-deck homer

Quote of the day II

"I can't say all of the things I want to say. Not good."

C Kelly Shoppach, on his bunt attempt that was nearly a triple play

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Jeff Niemann snuffs pitching streak; Kelly Shoppach has few things to say, particularly on B.J. Upton's home run 08/27/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 27, 2011 9:43pm]
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