Rays vs. Rangers
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RAYS: RH Jeff Niemann (9-6, 3.69)
RANGERS: LH C.J. Wilson (14-6, 3.28)
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Standing tall: Niemann has lost just twice in 13 starts since coming off the disabled list, and one was to Texas in his last outing, when he allowed five runs and six hits over five innings. He has given up eight runs and 12 hits over eight innings (two appearances, one start) against the Rangers.
C.J. the Great: Wilson, who has won four of his past five starts, handcuffed the Rays in his last outing, allowing just two runs (two hits) over six innings in Arlington. He has fared well against Tampa Bay, going 3-0 with a 2.90 ERA in 16 career appearances (three starts).
Rays vs. Wilson
Johnny Damon 2-for-11
Evan Longoria 1-for-13
Casey Kotchman 1-for-13
Rangers vs. Niemann
Ian Kinsler 1-for-3, HR
Adrian Beltre 5-for-17, HR
Mike Napoli 5-for-10, HR
Wednesday: vs. Rangers, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-12, 3.41); Rangers — Derek Holland (13-5, 4.13)
Friday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (9-8, 4.10); Red Sox — Erik Bedard (5-9, 3.50)
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
Tribute of the day
There was a moment of silence held before Monday's game in memory of Bucs legend Lee Roy Selmon, who died Sunday after having a stroke Friday. Photos of Selmon were put on the JumboTron, with about a one-minute audio tribute.
Quote of the day
"I think that (the Red Sox) and the Yankees don't really look forward to playing us. We're a team that really doesn't go away. It's a bunch of young players who are hungry to be back in the postseason. And they really understand that."
Rays 3B Evan Longoria, on pulling within seven games of the wild-card-leading Red Sox, who come into town this weekend for a three-game series
Milestone of the day
Rays manager Joe Maddon earned his 500th career win (including a 19-10 interim stint with the Angels in 1999), saying it's a "tribute to the front office and quality of player that we've gotten in here." He is 481-469 in his career with the Rays, including 354-272 since the start of 2008. "You can see the difference between (2006) and (2007) and (2008) to the present time, so that's pretty much where that record lies," he said.