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Tampa Bay Rays: Rays to sell calendar to benefit no-kill dog shelter; pitchers continue strikeout streak; Seattle series not much of a draw

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 1:10 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (1-3, 3.86)

Mariners: RH Kevin Millwood (0-2, 5.24)

On Niemann: The tall Texan has pitched well against the Mariners, going 4-0, 2.87 in six starts, with 34 strikeouts in 37⅔ innings, and 3-0, 1.39 in his past three. Day games have been an issue at times.

On Millwood: The 37-year-old 16-year veteran finished last season strong with Colorado but hasn't been as sharp with Seattle, losing his past two. He is 3-3, 5.83 in eight starts vs. the Rays.

Rays going to the dogs, for charity

A calendar featuring photos of David Price, Evan Longoria (right), B.J. Upton, manager Joe Maddon and other Rays with their dogs will be available starting Friday, with proceeds to the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill organization. The "Players & Pooches" calendars are $15 and will be available at Tropicana Field, the Tampa team store and two Pet Pals in St. Petersburg: the shelter at 405 22nd St. S and the clinic at 1900 34th St. N. Ryane Shields, wife of James, took most of the photos.

Number of the day

29,267

Total attendance for the three games vs. Seattle after drawing 9,837 on Wednesday, 9,972 on Tuesday, 9,458 on Monday.

Stat of the day

Rays pitchers have struck out 12 in a team-record three straight games, and 10 or more in four straight, most since June 2007 and one off the team mark.

Tampa Bay Rays: Rays to sell calendar to benefit no-kill dog shelter; pitchers continue strikeout streak; Seattle series not much of a draw 05/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 12:18am]
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