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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Remembering Game 162, remembering old foe/new teammate, rare to score big at home

Rays vs. Twins

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

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

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

Promotion: Evan Longoria Game 162 T-shirt to first 10,000 fans

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (0-1, 5.54)

Twins:

RH Liam Hendriks (0-0, 1.50)

Watch for …

More Moore: This will be Moore's first start and regular-season appearance at the Trop, and first against the Twins.

Liam I am: Hendriks, 23, rose to the majors from Double A last year and was the Twins' top minor-league pitcher. .

Rays vs. Capps (closer)

Jeff Keppinger 1-for-5, HR

Evan Longoria 3-for-3

Luke Scott 2-for-8, HR

Twins vs. Rodney (closer)

Alexi Casilla 4-for-6

Joe Mauer 3-for-13, HR

Justin Morneau 6-for-13

On deck

Saturday: vs. Twins, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-0, 3.38); Twins — Carl Pavano (1-1, 5.23)

Marc Topkin. Times staff writer

Flashback of the day No. 1

3B Evan Longoria is trying to stay in the present, but it will be a little harder this weekend with several team promotions tied to his Game 162-ending homer last season: T-shirts tonight, figurines Saturday, a "Do the Longo" Facebook photo request. "Obviously it's a great memory, something I'll never forget," he said. "So it'll be fun."

Flashback of the day No. 2

LHP David Price is familiar with new Rays 1B/OF Brandon Allen. Pitching for Double-A Montgomery on July 17, 2008, Price allowed his first pro homers, including two sizable shots to Allen. "Yeah, I remember him," Price said. "He just got moved up, and his first two at-bats: homer, homer." The next night Allen took Jeremy Hellickson deep.

Stat of the day

The last 12 times the Rays have scored 10 or more runs have been on the road. Their last time in double digits at home: Aug. 17, 2010, 104 games ago, the longest such streak since the 1980-82 Jays went 165 home games.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Remembering Game 162, remembering old foe/new teammate, rare to score big at home 04/19/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:28pm]
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