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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays pay tribute to Lou Gehrig; power outage delays game

Rays vs. Yankees

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 en Español; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-7, 3.21)

Yankees:

RH Bartolo Colon (6-5, 3.47)

Tickets: $17-$275 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa.

Watch for …

Long time coming: Hellickson is coming off a career-long 15-day layoff between starts as the Rays try to manage his innings. He is 3-1 with a 1.82 ERA when starting on six-plus days rest. This will be his first career start against New York, having faced them twice in relief (1-0, 4.91 ERA).

Bounce back: Colon is coming off a rough outing in which he allowed eight runs (though just three earned) while getting two outs in Toronto. He is 9-3 with a 3.84 ERA in 19 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Colon

J. Damon 20-for-54, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 3-for-5, HR

B.J. Upton 4-for-14

Yankees vs. Hellickson

Robinson Cano 1-for-2

Mark Teixeira 1-for-2

Derek Jeter 1-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-7, 3.73); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (7-7, 3.43)

Speech of the day

In honor of ALS Awareness Day (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease), Rays radio play-by-play man Andy Freed read Gehrig's legendary speech before Monday's game, including the line, "Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."

Comparison of the day

Manager Joe Maddon has often compared RHP Alex Cobb, left, to fellow Rays rookie RHP Jeremy Hellickson, talking about their demeanor, poise and pitching ability. Hellickson sees the similarities but points out one difference he likes: He's six months older. "I've pretty much been the youngest player on every level," he said, smiling. "So it's nice to have someone a little younger than me here."

Outage of the day

The game was delayed for 18 minutes in the top of the fifth when lightning struck a branch line to a substation of the Trop, causing a bank of lights to go dark. The scoreboard also flickered, and both teams went to their dugouts.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays pay tribute to Lou Gehrig; power outage delays game 07/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, July 18, 2011 11:31pm]
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