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Tampa Bay Rays: Quote of the day, Deja vu of the day, Number of the day

The dish

Rays vs. Angels

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (4-0, 3.47 in 2010)

ANGELS: RHP Dan Haren (0-0, 1.29)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game

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

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Standing tall: Hellickson, a rookie coming off an impressive four-start stint last season, hopes to pick up where he left off. He has faced the Angels once, a two-inning relief stint Sept. 19 when he allowed one run on a homer.

Dandy Dan: Haren pitched well in his first start of the season Friday, picking up a no-decision while allowing one run over seven innings in a 2-1 loss to the Royals. He is 5-2 with a 2.74 ERA in nine career starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Angels vs. Hellickson

Bobby Abreu 1-for-1 HR

Torii Hunter 0-for-1

Brandon Wood 0-for-1

Rays vs. Haren

Ben Zobrist 1-for-14, 5 Ks

M. Ramirez 18-for-35, 3 HRs

B.J. Upton 7-for-20, 2 HRs

On deck

Thursday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-1, 5.14); White Sox — Edwin Jackson (1-0, 3.00)

Friday: at White Sox, 8:10, FSN. Rays — James Shields (0-1, 2.45); White Sox — John Danks (15-11, 3.72 in 2010)

Saturday: at White Sox, 4:10, FSN. Rays — Wade Davis (0-1, 5.68); White Sox — Phil Humber (2-1, 4.15 in 2010)

Quote of the day

"Nobody likes to get booed, that's a fact. But these fans expect more from this team now. It's not like how it was years ago. We expect to win and when we don't win, and when we start the season like that, we're mad at ourselves. We're booing ourselves. But we know it's going to get better."

LF Johnny Damon on the Tropicana Field fans booing DH Manny Ramirez

Deja vu of the day

When Angels DH Bobby Abreu hit RHP Jeff Niemann, left, in the left calf with a ground ball in the fifth inning Tuesday, it wasn't the first time. Niemann remembered Abreu doing the same thing last season, hitting 6 inches lower. "I was still numb from last year," Niemann cracked.

Number of the day

5 Steals by the Angels in Tuesday's game

Tampa Bay Rays: Quote of the day, Deja vu of the day, Number of the day 04/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:53am]
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