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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Will Rhymes' gift; Joe Maddon's bad dog

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 1:35 today; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73)

Red Sox: RH Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84)

On Hellickson: He lost his last start despite allowing two or fewer earned runs for the seventh time in nine starts. He had a rough April start at Fenway (five runs over five innings) but is 3-1, 4.42 in six starts vs. the Sox.

On Buchholz: He has allowed at least five earned runs in seven of nine starts, including an April 14 win over the Rays, a .330 average and 98 baserunners in 491/3 innings. He is 5-3, 2.48 in 10 games vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Buchholz

Carlos Peña5-for-22, HR

Luke Scott 5-for-23, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-20

Sox vs. Hellickson

Adrian Gonzalez2-for-14, HR

David Ortiz 6-for-15, HR

Dustin Pedroia 4-for-16, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. White Sox, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (1-4, 5.07); White Sox — LH Chris Sale (5-2, 2.50)

A Batman gift from the bat man

Hitting coach Derek Shelton was shopping Saturday when he saw a perfect gift for INF Will Rhymes: a Batman T-shirt. It was fitting because when Rhymes regained consciousness after passing out after being hit by a pitch May 16, he jokingly told the medical personnel he was Batman. "I bought him a large," Shelton said, "but only because they didn't have a medium."

That Winston (metaphorically) is a bad dog

The scene in the Rays' clubhouse was a bit odd after Friday's contentious game, with players halting their usual activities to watch Sox interviews. Odder was manager Joe Maddon. After making his strong but calm comments about the Boston coaches, he walked through the clubhouse cursing loudly and often — not about the Sox but the bathroom habits of his English bulldog, Winston. Saturday, he said Winston doesn't seem to learn but, "He'll eventually grow out of it, I think."

Red Sox 3, Rays 2

Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

C.Pena 1b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .213

B.Upton cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .303

Joyce lf 4 1 1 0 0 1 .282

Zobrist rf 2 0 0 1 1 0 .210

Scott dh 4 0 1 1 0 0 .236

Sutton 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .400

S.Rodriguez 2b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .234

J.Molina c 3 0 1 0 0 1 .179

E.Johnson ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .266

Totals 31 2 4 2 1 6

Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg.

Aviles ss 4 0 1 0 0 0 .265

Pedroia 2b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .295

Ortiz dh 4 1 1 0 0 0 .309

Youkilis 1b 3 0 0 0 1 1 .234

Ad.Gonzalez rf 3 0 1 0 0 2 .269

1-Lin pr-rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200

a-Podsednik ph-cf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .375

Middlebrooks 3b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .306

Nava lf 2 1 0 0 2 1 .311

Shoppach c 2 0 1 0 0 0 .288

b-Punto ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .135

Byrd cf-rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .264

c-Saltalamcchia ph 1 1 1 2 0 0 .274

Totals 30 3 9 3 4 6

Tampa Bay 000 000 200— 2 4 0

Boston 000 001 002— 3 9 1

a-popped out for Lin in the 8th. b-sacrificed for Shoppach in the 9th. c-homered for Byrd in the 9th. 1-ran for Ad.Gonzalez in the 6th.

EMiddlebrooks (4). LOBT.B. 4, Bos. 8. 2BShoppach (6). HRSaltalamacchia (8), off Rodney. RBIsZobrist (18), Scott (32), Middlebrooks (18), Saltalamacchia 2 (21). SBZobrist (4), Scott (1). SShoppach, Punto. SFZobrist. RISPT.B. 1 for 6; Bos. 4 for 12. DPT.B. 1.

Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Price 7 8 1 1 3 5 115 2.71

Jo.Peralta H, 13 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 4.64

Rodney L, 2-1 BSL1 2 2 1 0 11 1.13

Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA

Beckett 7 4 2 2 0 5 91 4.15

A.Miller 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 1.86

R.Hill W, 1-0 1 0 0 0 1 0 16 1.74

T3:00. A38,099 (37,495).

How they scored

Red Sox sixth. Pedroia walked on four pitches. Ortiz singled to center, Pedroia to second. Youkilis lined out to shortstop E.Johnson. Ad.Gonzalez singled to center, Pedroia to third, Ortiz to second. Pedroia was out advancing, center fielder B.Upton to catcher J.Molina, Pedroia out. Lin pinch-running for Ad.Gonzalez. Middlebrooks infield single to second, Ortiz scored, Lin to third. Nava grounded out, third baseman Sutton to first baseman C.Pena. 1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. Red Sox 1, Rays 0.

Rays seventh. Lin in as right fielder. B.Upton singled to left. Joyce singled to right, B.Upton to third. Zobrist hit a sacrifice fly to left fielder Nava, B.Upton scored. Joyce to second. Scott singled to right, Joyce scored. Scott stole second. Sutton struck out. S.Rodriguez safe at first on Middlebrooks's error, Scott to third. J.Molina struck out. 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. Rays 2, Red Sox 1.

Red Sox ninth. Rodney pitching. Nava walked on a full count. Punto pinch-hitting for Shoppach. Punto sacrificed, third baseman Sutton to second baseman S.Rodriguez, Nava to second. Saltalamacchia pinch-hitting for Byrd. Saltalamacchia homered to right on a 0-1 count, Nava scored. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. Red Sox 3, Rays 2.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Will Rhymes' gift; Joe Maddon's bad dog 05/26/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:46pm]
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