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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon meets Blue Man Group; David Price delivers Starbucks to a fan on Harbour Island

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.90)

RED Sox: RH Kyle Weiland (0-1, 6.75)

Watch for …

Jeremy the kid: Hellickson is coming off one of the best performances of his career, a complete-game victory over the Orioles in which he allowed one run. He is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA in two starts against Boston this season.

Stepping in: Weiland is making a spot start, his first since July 19, having last pitched Tuesday in Toronto, throwing two scoreless innings of relief. The rookie has never faced the Rays. At Triple-A Pawtucket, he was 8-10 with a 3.54 ERA.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Weiland

Has never faced

Red Sox vs. Hellickson

Jacoby Ellsbury 1-for-5

Dustin Pedroia 2-for-5

Carl Crawford 2-for-6

On deck

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (14-10, 2.77); Red Sox — Jon Lester (15-6, 2.93)

Monday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-7, 4.07); Orioles — Zach Britton (9-9, 4.33)

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.40); Orioles — Alfredo Simon (4-8, 4.83)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Feeling Blue

Rays manager Joe Maddon had guests for his pregame media session as the Blue Man Group made an appearance at the Trop. They left a blue mark on the nose of Maddon, right, and senior adviser Don Zimmer. "I'm feeling kind of blue today," Maddon joked. The Blue Man Group used a rip cord to "throw" the ceremonial first pitch.

Tweet treat

When a fan (daniellegiudice) tweeted at LHP David Price (@davidprice14) earlier in the day, asking if he'd bring her Starbucks (since she worked on Harbour Island, where he lives), the All-Star obliged, surprising her with an iced caramel macchiato.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon meets Blue Man Group; David Price delivers Starbucks to a fan on Harbour Island 09/09/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 9, 2011 11:44pm]
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