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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays dress up for train travel; Zimmer reflects on train days; fourth rainout closes in on record

Today: Off

Next games: at Red Sox, 1:05 and 7:10 Tuesday, Fenway Park, Sun Sports

Starting pitchers:

Game 1


James Shields (11-9, 2.80)

Red Sox:

Jon Lester (11-6, 3.32)

Game 2


Jeff Niemann (7-4, 3.43)

Red Sox:

Erik Bedard (4-7, 3.55)

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (10-10, 3.76); Red Sox — John Lackey (11-8, 6.13)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.60); M's — TBA

Saturday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.22); M's — TBA

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-9, 2.80) or Jeff Niemann (7-4, 3.43); M's — TBA


Since their 1-8 start, the Rays have been among MLB's best:

Red Sox 70-39 .642

Phillies 71-39 .645

Yankees 67-42 .615

Braves 66-45 .595

Brewers 65-46 .586

Rays 63-47 .573

By the numbers

Home/Road: 31-28/33-27

Day/Night: 23-21/41-34

Grass/Turf: 30-25/34-30

vs. East: 22-20

vs. Central: 20-14

vs. West: 9-16

vs. National League: 12-6

vs. RH/LH starters: 43-41/22-13

1-run games: 18-15

2-run games: 7-11

Extra innings: 5-5

Wins in last at-bat: 11

Come-from-behind wins: 21

Opp. come-from-behind wins: 19

Series W-L-T (home): 8-9-2

Series W-L-T (road): 10-8-1

When commit error: 19-25

Hit homer: 47-26

Homer with men on: 35-8

Hit multiple homers: 25-10

Score first: 45-15

Ahead after 6-7-8: 49-4/53-4/54-3

Behind after 6-7-8: 10-42/6-44 /6-45

Tied after 6-7-8: 5-9/5-7/4-7

Score 5 or more: 42-7

Score fewer than 5: 18-45

Outhit opponents: 44-9

Home runs

Solo (66): Joyce-9, Upton-9, Zobrist-8, Damon-7, Longoria-7, Kotchman-6, Shoppach-4, Jennings-3, E. Johnson-3, Rodriguez-3, Lopez-2, Ruggiano-3, Brignac-1, Jaso-1

2-Run (38): Joyce-6, Longoria-6, Upton-5, Zobrist-4, Damon-3, Fuld-3, Shoppach-3, Jaso-2, Kotchman-2, Rodriguez-2, Guyer-1 Jennings-1

3-Run (14): Longoria-5, Upton-2, Zobrist-2, D. Johnson-1, E. Johnson-1, Joyce-1, Chirinos-1, Ruggiano-1

Grand Slams (1): Zobrist

Back-to-Back (3): Longoria/Upton (6/24 at HOU, W Rodriguez), Longoria/Joyce (7/22 at KC, L Hochevar), Kotchman/Shoppach (8/12 at NY, CC Sabathia)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Travel photo of the day

CF B.J. Upton shows that the Rays were riding the rails in style Sunday, as they took a train from New York to Boston. The three-hour trek — chartered, with three cars — was the first train trip for the team, and for several players. Manager Joe Maddon asked them to wears 1950s style hats in homage to teams that used to travel by rail all the time.

Guest of the day

Senior adviser Don Zimmer could relate, since he played when teams regularly traveled by train. "It was fun," said Zimmer, 80. "I haven't been on one in a long, long time."

Number of the day


Road games rained out this season, one shy of the team's most in a season.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays dress up for train travel; Zimmer reflects on train days; fourth rainout closes in on record 08/14/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 9:20pm]
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