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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Listing the Rays' July 31 trades; Joe Maddon impressed by opposing pitcher's height

Rays at Mariners

When/where: 4:10 today; Safeco Field, Seattle

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

Starting pitchers


RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.27)


LH Jason Vargas (6-9, 4.09)

Watch for …

10-spot: Hellickson got a no-decision in his last start Monday in Oakland, leaving with a lead the bullpen blew, but threw 106 pitches in five innings. He beat the Mariners in Seattle on June 4.

Leaning left: Vargas, who pitched at Long Beach State, has lost his last four, with a 6.86 ERA along the way. He is 1-2, 3.25 in five appearances vs. the Rays, including a complete-game four-hitter June 3.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Vargas

Johnny Damon 1-for-7

Evan Longoria 2-for-9, HR

Ben Zobrist 5-for-14

Mariners vs. Hellickson

Chone Figgins 0-for-2

Justin Smoak 1-for-3

Ichiro Suzuki 0-for-3

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays —David Price (9-9, 3.76); Jays — Ricky Romero (8-9, 3.08)

Wednesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (9-9, 3.76); Jays — Carlos Villanueva (6-2, 3.60)

Thursday: Blue Jays, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.62); Jays — Brett Cecil (4-4, 4.34)

Friday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (5-4, 3.51); A's — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

July 31 trades in Rays history

2000: Acquired INF Brent Abernathy from Blue Jays for RHP Steve Trachsel, LHP Mark Guthrie

2003: Traded RHP Al Levine to Royals for cash

2006: Traded SS Julio Lugo to Dodgers for INF Joel Guzman, OF Sergio Pedroza

2010: Acquired RHP Chad Qualls from D'backs for RHP Matt Gorgen

Quote of the day

"He's pretty large. I thought one of the Sonics was pitching tonight; it might have been Spencer (Haywood) out there."

Manager Joe Maddon on facing Mariners rookie RHP Michael Pineda, who is, at least, 6 feet 6

Stat of the day


Rays record in 1-run games at home.


Rays record in 1-run games on the road.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Listing the Rays' July 31 trades; Joe Maddon impressed by opposing pitcher's height 07/30/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 30, 2011 10:06pm]
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