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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Not so hot at Trop; Stuart Sternberg's owners ranking

Rays vs. Indians

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

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

Tickets: $12-$255 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Promotion: James Shields "Juego G" T-shirt to first 10,000 fans.

Starting pitchers:

Rays

LH David Price (5-4, 3.89)

Indians

RH Josh Tomlin (6-1, 2.41)

Watch for ...

Price check: Winless in his past two starts, Price has had success vs. Cleveland, winning May 11 and winning his past three against them with a 2.14 ERA. He is one of three lefties to beat the Indians this year.

No Joshing: Tomlin, a 19th-round draft pick in 2006 who made his big-league debut in July, has quickly become one of the American League's top pitchers, allowing only a .182 batting average. He got a no-decision against the Rays on May 10, allowing three runs over six innings in a 5-4 Cleveland win.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tomlin

Johnny Damon 2-for-3

Matt Joyce 2-for-3, HR

Casey Kotchman 2-for-6

Indians vs. Price

Asdrubal Cabrera 1-for-7

Shin-Soo Choo 2-for-10

Austin Kearns 1-for-12

On deck

Saturday: vs. Indians, 4:10; Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-2, 2.00); Indians — Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 5.16)

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40; Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 3.14); Indians — Justin Masterson (5-2, 2.50)

Monday: vs. Rangers, 6:40; Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-4, 3.71); Rangers — Derek Holland (3-1, 4.68)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Home, sweet home

Tropicana Field hasn't been much of a homefield advantage, based on the difference between the Rays' offense numbers home and away, with rank in majors:

W-L Avg. Rk. R/G Rk. OBP Rk. Slg. Rk.

Home 11-13 .224 28 2.88 28 .289 27 .369 22

Road 15-10 .258 8 5.52 3 .327 9 .419 4

Ranking of the day

5 Rank of Rays' Stuart Sternberg, right, among owners, by ESPN's Jim Caple. The top four: Boston's John Henry, Texas' Nolan Ryan, the Angels' Arte Moreno, New York's Steinbrenners.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Not so hot at Trop; Stuart Sternberg's owners ranking 05/26/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 26, 2011 9:09pm]
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