Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Rays Report

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Ryan Callahan encouraged by his return

    Blogs

    Captain Steven Stamkos wasn't the only key Lightning player to make a triumphant return Friday night against Nashville.

  2. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Friday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb hates to hear how he "battled through" or "grinded out" a start rather than just dominated, but that's kind of what he did Friday, allowing nine hits and a walk and being charged with two wild pitches but only three runs in earning his 12th win.

  3. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  4. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  5. Ww's Odessabeach makes run at Husker Magic stakes final

    Parimutuels

    ST. PETERSBURG — When Hurricane Irma blew through Florida earlier this month, Ww's Odessabeach remained in her comfort zone.