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Tampa Bay Rays: Rookie dress-up and dance routine fields many stars

Rays at White Sox

When/where: 8:10 tonight; U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-10, 3.20)

White Sox: RH Gavin Floyd (10-11, 4.56)

On Hellickson: Has 1.74 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 20⅔ innings over four September starts but only one win. Has allowed one run or fewer in five of past eight starts, three earned runs or fewer in 25 of 29. First start against Sox.

On Floyd: Is 6-4 with 3.52 ERA over his past 14 starts, losing at Angels on Sept. 23 after taking a shutout into the sixth. Is 4-1, 2.57 ERA in five starts against Rays, allowing a .192 average.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Floyd

Evan Longoria 2-for-11, 2 HR

Luke Scott 5-for-17, 2 HR

B.J. Upton 3-for-11, 2 HR

Ben Zobrist 4-for-14, 2 HR

Sox vs. helLICKSON

Kevin Youkilis 4-for-13, HR

* Includes postseason

On deck

Saturday: at White Sox, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — Matt Moore (10-11, 3.92); White Sox — Chris Sale (17-7, 2.86)

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (19-5, 2.56); White Sox — TBA

Monday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (10-9, 4.187); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-9, 3.65); Orioles — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-10, 3.20); Orioles — TBA

End of regular season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rookie dancing machines

Wednesday's rookie dress-up and dance routine was a hit, even with the players who had to pull on the panty hose, wigs and leotards and perform to Call Me Maybe on the Fenway Park outfield as amused and confused fans watched. RHP James Shields was behind it, with help from St. Petersburg's On Pointe Dancewear shop and choreographer Annie Meier. The 10 Rays learned the routine Saturday at the Trop, then did a walkthrough Tuesday at their hotel. "It was outstanding," manager Joe Maddon said.

Archer's look

There was consensus that the Ray who looked the best in his outfit was rookie RHP Chris Archer, who certainly had a memorable 24th birthday. "Scary good," C Stephen Vogt said. "He's a good-looking man, so therefore a good-looking woman." "Really scary," manager Joe Maddon said. "There were some guys we had to keep away."

Desmond's flip

The high point was a backflip by OF Desmond Jennings, right, who said he used to do them regularly when he was younger, though not dressed as he was. "I hope I don't have to do it again," he said. "But it was pretty funny." A runnerup: RHP Alex Cobb jumping into the arms of RHP Dane De La Rosa. "Dirty-dancing-esque," C Stephen Vogt said. "Or," Joe Maddon said, "filthy dancing."

Tampa Bay Rays: Rookie dress-up and dance routine fields many stars 09/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, September 27, 2012 11:43pm]
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