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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria try modified mohawk for change

Rays at Astros

When/where: 8:05 tonight, Minute Maid Park, Houston

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

Starting pitchers


RH James Shields (7-4, 2.40)


LH Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 2.88)

Watch for ...

Complete-game James: Shields has thrown complete games in his past two starts and has a major-league-leading and team-record-tying five complete games overall. He is 8-6 with a 4.49 ERA in interleague play. He has never faced the Astros.

Magic Wandy: Rodriguez also has been on a roll, going 4-0 with a 1.31 ERA over seven consecutive quality starts, and he has a 12-inning scoreless streak since a three-week disabled list stint (elbow). Rodriguez is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Rodriguez

Johnny Damon 2-for-3

Evan Longoria 1-for-5

B.J. Upton 0-for-3

Astros vs. Shields

Carlos Lee 1-for-2

Jason Michaels 0-for-5

On deck

Saturday: at Astros, 7:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (6-5, 4.57); Astros — Bud Norris (4-5, 3.26)

Sunday: at Astros, 2:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 4.82); Astros — J.A. Happ (3-9, 5.33)

Monday: vs. Reds, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (7-6, 3.09); Reds — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Reds, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (8-6, 3.51); Reds — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

'Do of the day

OF Matt Joyce said he and 3B Evan Longoria figured they had struggled enough and it was time for something different. So they got their hair cut in Milwaukee, planning "to do something with the 'hawk." The modified mohawk goes from higher and wider in front to lower and pointed in back. It doesn't have a nickname, said Joyce, right. "We'll call it the 'do." A video of the cut is at

Quote of the day

"I know there are a lot of baseball purists out there who love the pitchers hitting, but oh my gosh."

Kelly Shoppach, Rays catcher, who clearly isn't among those purists

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Matt Joyce, Evan Longoria try modified mohawk for change 06/23/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2011 10:42pm]
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