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Tampa Bay Rays: Playing on ESPN; huge hot dog

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark, Arlington, Texas

TV/radio: ESPN; 620-AM, 1040-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (3-1, 2.63)

Rangers: LH Derek Holland (2-1, 4.78)

On Price: He is coming off one of the best outings of his career, a five-hit shutout of the Angels. He has struggled against the Rangers, going 0-6 with a 5.40 ERA in nine starts, including the playoffs.

On Holland: His two-game winning streak ended in his last outing, when he allowed seven runs over six innings against the Yankees, He is 3-1 with a 6.51 ERA in five starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Holland

Matt Joyce 4-for-9, HR

Evan Longoria 8-for-17, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 8-for-16, HR

Rangers vs. Price

Nelson Cruz 7-for-16, 2 HRs

Elvis Andrus 9-for-22

Josh Hamilton3-for-23

Note: Includes postseason

On deck

Monday: vs. Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.84); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.48)

Tuesday: vs Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 4.68); Mariners — Hector Noesi (1-2, 8.83)

Wednesday: vs Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (4-0, 3.31); Mariners — Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.60)

Sunday showcase

Tonight marks the seventh time the Rays will be on ESPN's Sunday night telecast and first since July 17, 2011, against the Red Sox (a 16-inning, 1-0 loss). "I love the idea that people think we're pretty good and going to put us on that stage," manager Joe Maddon said. "I know our players do. It's a different version of 'Almost Monday Night Football' these days."

Dog of the day

The Rays' brave TV duo of Todd Kalas, left, and Brian Anderson split the 2-foot hot dog at Rangers Ballpark called "Boomstick," all $26 of it. "It's good," Kalas said. "But it's huge." Guess everything is bigger in Texas.

Number of the day

25 Hits given up by Friday's starters, James Shields (11) and Matt Harrison (14), most in the majors since 26 by Cleveland's Jake Westbrook (15) and Boston's Josh Beckett (11) on Aug. 3, 2006.

Tampa Bay Rays: Playing on ESPN; huge hot dog 04/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:54pm]
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