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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Robinson Chirinos collects memorable baseballs; 20 players used in game by Rays

Rays vs. A's

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

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

Starting pitchers:


RH Jeff Niemann (5-4, 3.51)


RH Guillermo Moscoso (4-5, 3.41)

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Staying hot: Niemann is 4-0 in seven starts since coming off the disabled list. He struck out a career-high 11 against the Mariners last week and is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA and one shutout against the A's.

Remember me? Moscoso faced the Rays on July 25, allowing five runs and eight hits over five innings in a no-decision. While he had a 1.75 ERA in six starts before the All-Star break, he has racked up a 7.31 mark since.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Moscoso

B.J. Upton 1-for-3

Ben Zobrist 1-for-2, HR

Kelly Shoppach 2-for-3, HR

A's vs. Niemann

David DeJesus 1-for-7, HR

Hideki Matsui 3-for-14

Mike Sweeney 3-for-7

Mementos of the day

Rookie C Robinson Chirinos has picked up quite a collection of memorabilia the past few weeks, keeping the ball from his first career hit (July 18), first home run (Wednesday) and first walkoff hit (Thursday). He had an interesting exchange involving the home run ball with a Little Leaguer after Wednesday's game, gladly trading a signed bat and ball for it. "He was a catcher, too," Chirinos said, smiling. "It was cool."

Quotes of the day

"There's no quit in us."

Rays DH Johnny Damon

"The final out in three different innings was elusive."

Blue Jays manager John Farrell

Number of the day

20 Players used by the Rays on Thursday, the fourth time they have done so before September callups.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Robinson Chirinos collects memorable baseballs; 20 players used in game by Rays 08/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 4, 2011 10:17pm]
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