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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon helmet huzzahs, Evan Longoria community appearance

Rays vs. Tigers

When/where: 7:10 tonight, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

LH David Price (11-10, 3.59)

Tigers

RH Brad Penny (8-9, 4.97)

Watch for ...

Price check: Price is coming off back-to-back wins over the Yankees and Red Sox, allowing one run over 16 innings, and none in his past 12. He is 3-0, 2.11 in five appearances vs. Detroit.

Penny's stock: Penny has been roughed up recently, going 1-3, 6.99 in his past five starts and allowing 39 hits (including six homers). He is 2-4, 5.54 in seven games vs. the Rays, 0-3, 6.35 at the Trop.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Penny

Johnny Damon 0-for-6

Casey Kotchman 2-for-6

B.J. Upton 1-for-9

Tigers vs. Price

Victor Martinez 7-for-14 3 HRs

Jhonny Peralta 0-for-9

Delmon Young 2-for-9

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.43); Tigers — Max Scherzer (13-7, 4.23)

Thurday: vs. Tigers, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-8, 3.04); Tigers — Doug Fister (5-13, 3.49)

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-10, 3.05); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.32)

Saturday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (8-5, 3.41); Jays — Luis Perez (3-2, 3.26)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Feedback of the day

Manager Joe Maddon said he got good reviews for his Sunday stunt of wearing a Bucs helmet for his postgame media session, including thumbs-up text messages from Bucs coach Raheem Morris and QB Josh Freeman, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia.

Supermarket line of the day

3B Evan Longoria will be at the Sweetbay store at 3400 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today as part of Pepsi's Field of Dreams campaign, and he'll have interesting offers: The first 50 fans in line get a meet-and-greet, the next 20 an autographed baseball. Also, 50 pairs of tickets to an upcoming game will be given away.

Johnny Drama chart of the day

DH Johnny Damon's seven walkoff homers rank among the most for active players:

12 Jim Thome

10 David Ortiz, Albert Pujols

9 Vladimir Guerrero, Alex Rodriguez

8 Adam Dunn, Ryan Zimmerman

7 Johnny Damon, Jason Giambi,

Andruw Jones, Chipper Jones

Source: David Vincent, SABR

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon helmet huzzahs, Evan Longoria community appearance 08/22/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 22, 2011 11:14pm]
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