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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Visiting the Bucs, equipment drive, steal city

Rays vs. Mariners

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

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-8, 3.22)

Mariners:

LH Charlie Furbush (2-1, 4.76)

Watch for …

Bounce back: Hellickson is coming off a rough outing in New York, where he allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. It ended a streak of eight consecutive starts in which he had allowed three earned runs or fewer. Hellickson is 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.

Stepping in: Furbush, who moved into Seattle's rotation after being acquired July 30 from Detroit in the RHP Doug Fister trade, has won two of his past three starts, including allowing just one run over seven innings against Boston. He is 1-0 with a 1.69 ERA in three career appearances (no starts) against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Furbush

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-2, HR

Johnny Damon 1-for-1

Ben Zobrist 0-for-2

Mariners vs. Hellickson

Franklin Gutierrez2-for-6

Dustin Ackley0-for-2

Ichiro Suzuki0-for-6

On deck

Sunday: vs. Mariners, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-10, 2.83); Mariners — Michael Pineda (9-7, 3.77)

Monday: vs. Tigers, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (8-4, 3.29); Tigers — Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.31)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Face time at Bucs game

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he had a great time at the Bucs game Thursday, except for the result, a 31-14 Patriots win. "It looked like the Hazleton High School Mountaineers when the Patriots were marching down the field," Maddon joked, invoking his hometown high school. Maddon talked with Bucs coach Raheem Morris and ran into a lot of Rays. "I never realized how many Rays fans go to Bucs games," he said. "I thought we talked to everybody in that ballpark I think at some point."

Helping hand

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Waste Management Co. are holding an equipment drive this weekend to support the Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg. Fans are encouraged to bring new or used baseball or softball gear and can register to win Rays prizes.

Number of the day

7 Rays with at least 10 stolen bases, the most in the majors.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Visiting the Bucs, equipment drive, steal city 08/19/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 19, 2011 11:51pm]
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