Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

Tampa Bay Rays: quote of day Manny on what he needs to prove; quote of day 2 Maddon on road trip; turn back the clock

The dish

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 2:10 today; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: LHP David Price (0-1, 5.14)

WHITE SOX: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00)

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Watch for …

Price check: Price was solid in his opening day start, allowing four runs over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. He is winless in three starts against the White Sox (0-3, 5.00 ERA), including two starts in Chicago.

Action Jackson: Jackson, a former Ray, threw a unique no-hitter the last time he faced his former team on June 25, walking eight and throwing 149 pitches. He is 2-0, 1.59 in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

White Sox vs. Price

Paul Konerko 4-for-9, HR

Carlos Quentin 1-for-6

Alexei Ramirez 2-for-8

Rays vs. Jackson

Kelly Shoppach 2-for-11

Johnny Damon 8-for-38

Ben Zobrist 1-for-5

On deck

Friday: at White Sox, 8:10, FSN. Rays — James Shields (0-1, 2.45); White Sox — John Danks (0-1, 3.00)

Saturday: at White Sox, 4:10, FSN. Rays — Wade Davis (0-1, 5.68); White Sox — Phil Humber (0-0, 27.00)

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (12-8, 4.39); White Sox — Gavin Floyd (0-0, 5.14)

Quote of the day

"I don't need to impress nobody. I've got almost 600 home runs."

DH Manny Ramirez, smiling, when asked if he were pressing to make a good impression. Ramirez has 555 homers in his career.

Quote of the day 2

"I don't always want to rely on road trips to the Northeast to get on a roll."

Manager Joe Maddon, whose team is heading on a seven-game trip to Chicago and Boston, after getting reminded how last season's hot start was sparked by a 9-1 road trip to Baltimore, Boston and Chicago

Turn back the clock

The Rays held their Senior Prom for Senior Citizens day at Tropicana Field, with old-school music, entertainment, a prom king and queen and a postgame centerfield shuffle. The event, created last season, will happen again Sept. 7.

Numbers of the day

15 Strikeouts by Rays pitchers on Wednesday, tied for third most in team history (record was 17 on Sept. 19, 2007, vs. Boston).

0.76 ERA by opposing starting pitchers in the Rays' five games.

Tampa Bay Rays: quote of day Manny on what he needs to prove; quote of day 2 Maddon on road trip; turn back the clock 04/06/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 10:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Want elite college football athletes? Recruit Tampa Bay


    Now that college football watch list season is over (I think), here's one takeaway you probably already knew: Tampa Bay produces a lot of great athletes.

    Robinson High produuct Byron Pringle has gone from this performance in a high school all-star game to all-Big 12 at Kansas State.
  2. 'Ready to win, and win big:' Dick Vitale sees Bucs going 10-6


    ESPN's Dick Vitale, whose love and optimism for Tampa Bay sports teams goes far beyond basketball, has high hopes for the Bucs in 2017.

    ESPN's Dick Vitale, shown at One Buc Place last year when he announced a Bucs draft pick, has high hopes for Tampa Bay this fall, predicting a 10-6 record for the Bucs.
  3. Rays beat Orioles, but tough stretch looms that could change their plans (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Tuesday was a step back in the right direction for the Rays, who halted a season-high five-game losing streak by hanging on — and we mean that pretty much literally — for a 5-4 win over the Orioles.

    The Rays’ Tim Beckham celebrates with Mallex Smith after hitting a three-run homer in the second inning for a 5-0 lead.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    Rookie RHP Jake Faria had his lucky rubber duck — OG, the original one he has had since high school — with him, and the Rays had nothing to worry about as he put his rocky Wednesday outing well behind him, working into the eighth while scattering seven hits.