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Tampa Bay Rays: Pitchers take swings with Yankees star's bats; Evan Longoria growing 'DL beard'

Gifts of the day

With the Rays pitchers taking batting practice to prepare for the Marlins interleague series this weekend, Yankees 2B Robinson Cano gave them a handful of his bats Wednesday afternoon. RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right, said they appreciated the gesture but likely won't use Cano's lumber. "I don't think so," Hellickson said. "It's a little bigger than the one I've been using."

No razor needed

3B Evan Longoria has been extra scruffy lately, saying he's growing a DL beard and he'll shave it once he comes off the disabled list and joins the team. "It's past the itchy stage, but it doesn't look very good," he said, smiling.

Quote of the day

"We ain't going nowhere if we don't catch the ball like we can."

Manager Joe Maddon on the Rays' struggling defense, which leads the majors with 31 unearned runs



Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (7-3, 2.44)

YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (7-2, 3.68)

On Price: He has lasted at least seven innings in each of his past six starts. He is 5-3 with a 4.15 ERA in 15 career appearances (14 starts) against the Yankees. And he's 3-1, 2.38 in seven matchups with Sabathia.

On Sabathia: He has won seven of his past eight starts, lasting at least seven innings in all but one. He's 10-7, 3.11 in 26 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups


Robinson Cano 10-for-38, HR

Nick Swisher 11-for-28, HR

Curtis Granderson

8-for-38, 3 HRs


Carlos Peña 6-for-42, 3 HRs

B.J. Upton 13-for-49, 2 HRs

Luke Scott 2-for-11, HR

On deck

Friday: at Marlins, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.69); Marlins — Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)

Saturday: at Marlins, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Matt Moore (2-5, 4.45); Marlins — Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81)

Sunday: at Marlins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (6-4, 4.27); Marlins — Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day, July 13

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Pitchers take swings with Yankees star's bats; Evan Longoria growing 'DL beard' 06/06/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 11:11pm]
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