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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Numbers on 0-6 start; Edwin Jackson's dominance since traded by Rays; finding not-so-good places in baseball history

The dish

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 8:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Starting pitchers

Rays: RH James Shields (0-1,. 2.45)

white Sox: LH John Danks (0-1, 3.00)

Watch for ...

Shields up: Shields, coming off a strong season-opening outing start in which he used a more compact delivery, is 2-2 with a 5.05 ERA in seven starts against the Sox, including 1-0, 3.48 in three games at U.S. Cellular Field.

Danks for nothing: Danks is what Rays manager Joe Maddon considers a "reverse-split guy," meaning he is tougher on righties than lefties, so expect the Rays to use more lefties. Danks is 5-2, 3.83 in seven starts against the Rays, including 1-1, 2.51 at home.

Key matchups:

Rays vs. Danks

Reid Brignac 2-for-3

B.J. Upton 2-for-14

Ben Zobrist 0-for-7

Sox vs. Shields

Paul Konerko 3-for-15

A.J. Pierzynski 5-for-21

Alex Rios 8-for-30 HR

On deck

Saturday: at White Sox, 4:10, FSN. Rays — Wade Davis (0-1, 5.68); White Sox — Phil Humber (0-0, 27.00)

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

Monday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (0-1, 4.76); Red Sox — TBA

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-2, 4.85); Red Sox — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Comparisons of the day

8 Runs scored by the Rays

9 Runs scored by the Reds' Brandon Phillips

4 Homers hit by the Rays

4 Homers hit by the Rangers' Nelson Cruz and the Yankees' Mark Teixeira

.364 Average by Rays CF B.J. Upton

.116 Average of the other 12 Rays hitters

Stat of the day

3-0, 1.44 Edwin Jackson's record against the Rays in three starts since being traded

Quote of the day

"This is stay-in-the-house weather."

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, an Iowa native, on the cold dreary conditions,

Historical note of the day

At 0-6, the Rays matched the 1997 Cardinals for the worst start by a defending division champion and the 1905 Boston Americans for the worst by a team that had its league's best record the year before.



White Sox 5, Rays 1

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Fuld lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .333

Damon dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 .053

Zobrist 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .190

D.Johnson 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .043

B.Upton cf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .364

Joyce rf 4 0 0 0 0 3 .056

S.Rodriguez 3b 2 0 0 0 0 2 .222

a-F.Lopez ph-3b 1 1 1 0 0 0 .286

Shoppach c 2 0 0 0 0 2 .125

b-Jaso ph-c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Brignac ss 3 0 1 1 0 1 .182

Totals 32 1 6 1 1 14

Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Pierre lf 5 1 3 1 0 0 .357

Beckham 2b 4 1 0 0 0 0 .308

Rios cf 4 1 2 2 0 0 .214

Konerko 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .360

Quentin dh 2 0 0 0 1 1 .458

Al.Ramirez ss 4 1 2 0 0 2 .296

Pierzynski c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .261

Morel 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .292

Lillibridge rf 3 1 2 1 0 0 .333

Totals 34 5 12 5 1 3

Tampa Bay 000 000 010— 1 6 0

Chicago 201 000 02x— 5 12 0

a-doubled for S.Rodriguez in the 8th. b-grounded out for Shoppach in the 8th.

LOBT.B. 5, Chi. 9. 2BF.Lopez (1), Rios 2 (2). RBIsBrignac (1), Pierre (4), Rios 2 (3), Konerko (8), Lillibridge (1). SBFuld 3 (4), Pierre (3), Al.Ramirez (1), Lillibridge 2 (2). SLillibridge. RISPT.B. 3; Chi. 5. DPT.B. 1; Chicago 1.

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Price L, 0-2 6 9 3 3 1 2 97 4.85

J.Cruz 1 1 1 1 0 1 14 3.00

McGee 1 2 1 1 0 0 16 7.71

Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

E.Jackson W, 2-0 8 4 1 1 1 13 119 1.93

Santos 1 2 0 0 0 1 10 0.00

T2:30. A38,579 (40,615).

How they scored

White Sox first

Pierre singled to left. Beckham was hit by a pitch, Pierre to second. Rios doubled to left, Pierre scored, Beckham scored. Konerko flied out to center fielder B.Upton, Rios to third. Quentin walked on a full count. Al.Ramirez struck out. Pierzynski grounded out, shortstop Brignac to first baseman D.Johnson. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. White Sox 2, Rays 0.

White Sox third

Beckham grounded out, shortstop Brignac to first baseman D.Johnson. Rios doubled to left. Konerko singled to left, Rios scored. Quentin was hit by a pitch, Konerko to second. Al.Ramirez infield single to third, Konerko to third, Quentin to second. Pierzynski hit into a double play, pitcher Price to catcher Shoppach to first baseman D.Johnson, Konerko out. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. White Sox 3, Rays 0.

Rays eighth

F.Lopez pinch-hitting for S.Rodriguez. F.Lopez doubled to center. Jaso pinch-hitting for Shoppach. Jaso grounded out, pitcher E.Jackson to first baseman Konerko, F.Lopez to third. Brignac singled to center, F.Lopez scored. Fuld struck out. Damon flied out to right fielder Lillibridge. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. White Sox 3, Rays 1.

White Sox eighth

F.Lopez in as third baseman. Jaso in as catcher. Al.Ramirez singled to left. McGee pitching. Pierzynski flied out on a bunt to third baseman F.Lopez. Morel lined out to right fielder Joyce. Al.Ramirez stole second. Lillibridge singled to left, Al.Ramirez scored. Lillibridge stole second. Pierre singled to right, Lillibridge scored. Beckham grounded out, shortstop Brignac to first baseman D.Johnson. 2 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. White Sox 5, Rays 1.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Numbers on 0-6 start; Edwin Jackson's dominance since traded by Rays; finding not-so-good places in baseball history 04/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:17am]

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