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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Special guest bat girl, Upton's arm, trying out Twitter

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson

(4-0, 2.77)

Blue jays: RH Kyle Drabek

(3-4, 3.30)

On Hellickson: He has won a career-high six consecutive decisions, dating to Sept. 4, a span of 12 starts. He is 2-0 with a 3.93 ERA in three career starts against the Jays.

On Drabek: He broke a four-start losing streak last week with an impressive performance against the Yankees, allowing one run over seven innings. He has made one career start against the Rays, picking up the loss May 5, 2011, after giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Key matchups

RAYS VS. Drabek

Ben Zobrist 1-for-2

B.J. Upton 0-for-3

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-3

JayS VS. Hellickson

Jose Bautista 4-for-8, HR

Yunel Escobar 1-for-10

Colby Rasmus 1-for-6

On deck

Tuesday: vs. Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-3, 5.31); Jays — Drew Hutchison (2-1, 5.53)

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-2, 3.77); Blue Jays — Ricky Romero (5-1, 3.64)

Thursday: off

Friday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (6-2, 3.10); Red Sox — Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15, Sun Sports. Rays — TBA; Red Sox — TBA

Rays disabled list

1B/OF Brandon Allen (right quad strain)

C Robinson Chirinos (concussion)

RHP Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain)

OF Sam Fuld (right wrist surgery)

OF Brandon Guyer (left shoulder strain)

OF Desmond Jennings (left knee sprain)

C Jose Lobaton (right shoulder soreness)

3B Evan Longoria (left hamstring partial tear)

RHP Jeff Niemann (right fibula fracture)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Guest of the day

Lori Fraser, a 45-year-old St. Petersburg teacher, has been to plenty of Rays games as a season ticketholder, but Sunday was a special experience for her. The breast-cancer survivor was honored in a pregame ceremony and threw out the first pitch as the team's honorary bat girl. Fraser was selected by a guest judging panel that included MLB players and celebrities, as well as fan votes. "It's an honor," Fraser said. "This is a huge treat for me and my family."

Taking to Twitter

RHP Jeremy Hellickson said LHP David Price finally talked him into joining Twitter on Friday. And while he has only tweeted a few times, Hellickson thinks it's fun. "It's kind of fast," he said. "It's hard to keep up."

Number of the day

44

Outfield assists by CF B.J. Upton since 2007, more than any other centerfielder in the majors

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Special guest bat girl, Upton's arm, trying out Twitter 05/20/12 [Last modified: Sunday, May 20, 2012 9:45pm]
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