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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon not quitting on AL East, Jeremy Hellickson turns 24, offensive woes make history

The dish

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 4:10 today; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Wade Davis (0-1, 5.68)

White Sox: RH Phil Humber (0-0, 27.00)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis is 2-0 with a 2.19 ERA vs. the White Sox.

Get your Phil: Humber is making his third career big-league start, and has never faced the Rays.

Key matchups:

Rays vs. Humber

Felipe Lopez 2-for-4

Johnny Damon 0-for-2

Sox vs. Davis

Carlos Quentin 2-for-6, HR

Alexei Ramierz 2-for-4, HR

Alex Rios 0-for-5

On deck

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-1, 7.50); White Sox — Gavin Floyd (0-0, 5.14)

Historical footnote of the day

The Rays became the first team at least since 1919 to go six games into a season without getting more than six hits in any of those games. Eleven teams had gone five games into a season, most recently the 2003 Tigers.

Quote of the day

"I still expect to win the American League East. I haven't backed off on that at all."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, talking about the retirement of Manny Ramirez

Celebration of the day

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, the youngest player on the roster, turned 24 Friday.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Joe Maddon not quitting on AL East, Jeremy Hellickson turns 24, offensive woes make history 04/08/11 [Last modified: Saturday, April 9, 2011 12:10am]
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