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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Orioles' Buck Showalter impressed by Rays, Ben Zobrist to host Make-A-Wish guest, Sean Rodriguez is team's king of stings

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 6:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: No TV; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:


RH Wade Davis (8-8, 4.52)


RH Alfredo Simon (4-7, 4.26)

Watch for ...

Wading in: Davis is winless in his past five starts, including allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings Monday against the Blue Jays. The Rays have won Davis' past four home starts. He is 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in nine career starts against the Orioles.

Simon says: Simon is coming off two strong starts, including giving up just three runs over seven innings in a loss to the Yankees. He is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in six career appearances against the Rays (one start).

Key matchups

Rays vs. Simon

Evan Longoria 1-for-8, HR

Sean Rodriguez 2-for-3

B.J. Upton 0-for-5

Orioles vs. Davis

Vlad Guerrero 3-for-13, HR

J.J. Hardy 5-for-13

Matt Wieters 6-for-15

On deck

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01); Orioles — Jeremy Guthrie (6-16, 4.42)

Monday: vs. Rangers, 1:10. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (13-10, 2.96); Rangers — Alexi Ogando (12-7, 3.68)

Tuesday: vs Rangers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-6, 3.69); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.28)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"I think it's a great example to all the teams that aren't able to spend $200 million a year, and being able to stay the course and be true to who you are and how you're going to do it."

Buck Showalter, Orioles manager, on the Rays winning two of the past three American League East titles and still being in playoff contention this season despite having a much smaller payroll than the Yankees and Red Sox

Guest of the day

Parker Lentini, a 12-year-old Tampa native, will meet his hero today, Rays 2B/RF Ben Zobrist, a meeting granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Lentini, who has systemic juvenile arthritis, will arrive at the Trop via limousine, have lunch with Zobrist, and meet other Rays players and coaches before watching the game.

Number of the day

14 Times SS Sean Rodriguez has been hit by a pitch this season, including in his first at-bat Friday, tying a club record for most in a season (Jonny Gomes, 2005)

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Orioles' Buck Showalter impressed by Rays, Ben Zobrist to host Make-A-Wish guest, Sean Rodriguez is team's king of stings 09/02/11 [Last modified: Friday, September 2, 2011 11:26pm]
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