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Tampa Bay Rays: Pitching coach Jim Hickey eats — a lot; comparing Desmond Jennings and Carl Crawford

Rays at Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight, Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Starting pitchers:


RH Wade Davis (8-7, 4.28)


LH Ricky Romero (12-9, 2.78)

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis hasn't won in four August starts, including a nine-inning outing against Detroit last time out. But he has pitched well with a 3.00 ERA, and the Rays won all the games. He is 2-2, 2.93 in six starts against the Jays.

Ricky Ro: The Jays' ace has been pitching well with a 5-1, 2.15 mark in eight starts since the All-Star break and a 2.78 ERA that is fourth in the AL. He is 4-3, 3.31 in eight starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Romero

Johnny Damon 7-for-17 HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-19 HR

Ben Zobrist 7-for-19 HR

Jays vs. Davis

Jose Bautista 2-for-16 HR

Edwin Encarnacion 1-for-9

Adam Lind 5-for-14

On deck

Tuesday: at Rangers, 8:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01); Rangers — Scott Feldman (0-0, 3.94)

Wednesday: at Rangers. 8:05. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-10, 3.05); Rangers — Alexi Ogando (12-6, 3.57)

Thursday: at Rangers. 8:05. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.46); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.29)

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-11, 3.40); Orioles — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Feast of the day

Pitching coach Jim Hickey was the featured performer Saturday when manager Joe Maddon took the coaches and staff out to dinner at Morton's. "He finished some steaks from other plates. He was kind of like the garbage disposal. He was picking everybody else's leftovers up," Maddon said. "He killed the desserts also." Maddon said the group of 20 also sang Happy Anniversary to a couple at an adjacent table and sent over drinks.

Unfair but interesting comparison of the day

G .Avg. XBH HR SB Salary


Jennings 34 .354 19 8 14 $415,000


Crawford 105 .251 33 9 17 $14 million

Tampa Bay Rays: Pitching coach Jim Hickey eats — a lot; comparing Desmond Jennings and Carl Crawford 08/28/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 28, 2011 9:50pm]
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