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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes

The dish

Rays vs. Red Sox

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

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays: LHP David Price (11-4, 2.42)

RED SOX: RHP Tim Wakefield (3-6, 4.96)

Tickets: $18-$270, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com

Watch for …

Stars in his eyes: Price — who leads the American League in wins, is second in ERA and is in line to start the All-Star Game — faces the Sox for the first time since September 2009. He is 1-1, 4.76 in two previous starts.

Knuckling under: Wakefield faces the Rays for the first time since May 2009. The veteran knuckleballer isn't as tough as he once was at the Trop, 9-3, 3.32 in 18 starts but 0-1, 13.50 in his past two.

Key matchups

Red Sox vs. Price

David Ortiz0-for-3

Marco Scutaro1-for-5

Kevin Youkilis4-for-6

RAYS vs. Wakefield

C. Crawford26-for-85, 2 HRs

Gabe Kapler7-for-19

Carlos Peña6-for-32, 2 HRs

On deck

Thursday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (5-9, 4.86); Indians — Jake Westbrook (5-4, 4.59)

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol. Rays — James Shields (7-8, 4.83); Indians — Fausto Carmona (7-7, 3.69)

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol. Rays — Matt Garza (9-5, 4.30); Indians — Aaron Laffey (1-2, 5.18)

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40, Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol. Rays — Jeff Niemann (6-2, 2.65); Indians — Justin Masterson (3-7, 4.85)

High-level conversation of the day

Potential player moves and trades aren't all that manager Joe Maddon and executive VP Andrew Friedman discuss. "We were also talking about Steve Carell (right) leaving The Office,' " Maddon said of his favorite TV show. "I got that e-mail from him last night, probably like 1 o'clock in the morning. Tough news right there."

Scary moment of the day

Principal owner Stu Sternberg had a scar on his nose and an unusual couple of days' growth of facial hair, the result of a scary Fourth of July accident with a propane gas grill. Sternberg said he was close to needing emergency treatment at a hospital but decided not to go. "It's what not to do with a propane tank, basically," he said.

Good deed of the day

Rays pitcher James Shields and wife Ryane cut the ribbon at Tuesday's opening of the Big Game James Club, a Tropicana Field suite that will be used by foster children through Eckerd Youth Alternatives. "This is very special to us," Shields said. "It's very dear to our hearts to be able to do this for the kids."

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes 07/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 7:51am]
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