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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Sam Fuld to have promotion nights in majors and minors; Johnny Damon climbs on hit list

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 1:07 today; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable starters

RAYS: LH David Price (2-2, 2.83)

JAYS: RH Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00)

Watch for ...

Price check: Price has dominated the Blue Jays, going 6-0 with a 1.93 ERA in seven career starts, and six of the 10 runs he allowed came in one game, July 25 last season. He is coming off a strong start Monday vs. the White Sox, when he threw eight shutout innings.

He's baaaaack: Morrow, whose 17-strikeout, near-no-hitter was the best game thrown against the Rays last year, comes off the disabled list (elbow) to make his first start of the season. Overall, he is 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA in eight games vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Morrow

Reid Brignac 0-for-8

B.J. Upton 1-for-8

Ben Zobrist 2-for-11

Jays vs. Price

Jose Bautista 5-for-16, HR

Adam Lind 4-for-20

Juan Rivera 4-for-9, HR

On deck

Sunday: at Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (1-1, 3.07); Jays — Ricky Romero (1-2, 3.12)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Twins, 8:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (2-2, 2.73); Twins — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Fuld and Hellickson giveaways — in Des Moines

OF Sam Fuld said the Rays' May 29 Super Sam Fuld Superhero Cape giveaway is the first promotion in his honor and that he was close but "didn't make the cut" for an Iowa Cubs T-shirt during parts of four seasons in Triple A. Now he has, as the I-Cubs on May 24 will give away Fuld jersey T-shirts. "He was a fan favorite here, and his quote got our attention, in a good way," public relations man Randy Wehofer said. "With some of the guys we've done, there's no reason we shouldn't have had one for him." Fuld was honored and amused at the news: "That's hilarious. I guess I guilted them into it."

The I-Cubs will honor one of their own, with a Jeremy Hellickson bobblehead giveaway June 29. He is in his Hoover High jersey. Wehofer said they designed several promotions around native Iowans, and with Hellickson's success last year, "this was an easy conclusion to come to."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Sam Fuld to have promotion nights in majors and minors; Johnny Damon climbs on hit list 04/22/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2011 11:30pm]
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