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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays achieve rare feat in big first inning Sunday; Evan Longoria inspired by team's play without him

Elias fact of the day

The Rays in Sunday's opening frame became the second team this season to have five RBI singles in an inning, joining the Cardinals, who did so Thursday at Houston. It didn't happen during the 2010 season.

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:


RH Wade Davis (3-2, 2.73)

Blue JAYS: LH Jo-Jo Reyes (0-2, 5.48)

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

Watch for …

Wading in: Davis has been on a roll, winning three straight while posting a 1.74 ERA and .224 opponents average. He is 2-1, 2.49 in three starts (all in 2010) vs. the Blue Jays.

Jo-Jo show: Reyes hasn't won in his past 23 big-league starts, going back to June 2008 with Atlanta, and hasn't looked good this season: 33 hits and 9 BBs in 23 IP for a .411 OBP. He allowed four runs over seven innings in his only start vs. the Rays on April 22.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Reyes

Johnny Damon 1-for-3

Sam Fuld 3-for-4

Kelly Shoppach 1-for-3

Blue Jays vs. Davis

Jose Bautista 1-for-9

Yunel Escobar 4-for-6

Adam Lind 1-for-8

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Blue Jays, 6:40, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-3, 5.60); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-1, 3.97)

Thursday: vs. Blue Jays, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.31); Jays — Ricky Romero (2-3, 3.00)

Friday: at O's, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-3, 3.95); O's — Zach Britton (5-1, 2.63)

Saturday: at O's, 1:10, Ch. 13. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 2.14); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 3.00)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"It's been overall a pretty positive vibe, a pretty positive feeling to watch these guys really just go out and make it happen night in and night out."

Rays 3B Evan Longoria, on his pending return

Stat of the day

Rays scoring by innings

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X Total

Opp. 13 6 14 1118 8 12 12 8 3 105

Rays 2113 10 1211 17 8 8 17 3 120

Number of the day

38 Percent of swings in which C Kelly Shoppach has missed (of 121 total), highest in the majors by a non-pitcher, minimum 10 games played.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays achieve rare feat in big first inning Sunday; Evan Longoria inspired by team's play without him 05/02/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 2, 2011 10:33pm]
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