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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays give Sam Fuld capes test run; J.P. Howell not a skater boy, Avril

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 4:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Tickets: $17-$275 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Promotion: Avril Lavigne postgame concert

Scheduled starters:

Rays

RH James Shields (5-2, 2.00)

Indians

RH Carlos Carrasco (3-2, 5.16)

Watch for ...

Rolling in: Shields is coming off his third complete game. He is the only AL pitcher to rank in the top five in ERA (4th, 2.00), innings (4th, 76⅔) and strikeouts (2nd, 77). His May 12 win over the Indians was his first in seven tries.

Another C.C.: Carrasco has won his past two starts since being knocked around by the Rays in his May 11 return from the disabled list (elbow), allowing four runs on six hits and three walks in five innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Carrasco

Johnny Damon 0-for-6

Sam Fuld 2-for-2

Casey Kotchman 2-for-3

Indians vs. Shields

Orlando Cabrera 7-for-21

Shin-Soo Choo 4-for-9

Joel Hannahan 1-for-13

On deck

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)

Tuesday: vs. Rangers, 6:40. Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 4.21); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.25)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Super Johnny

DH Johnny Damon, left, was one of several Rays to test out the Super Sam Fuld Superhero capes during Friday's pregame warmups. The capes will be given away Sunday to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under.

Not your average Sk8tr Boi

Given how he talks, how he dresses and how he acts, LHP J.P. Howell would sure seem to be the skateboarding type, which we bring up because of today's postgame concert by Avril Lavigne. But, it turns out, we'd be quite wrong. "I wasn't a skater," Howell said. "I was a gangster. And that's with an -er."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays give Sam Fuld capes test run; J.P. Howell not a skater boy, Avril 05/27/11 [Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 10:13pm]
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