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Tampa Bay Rays: Russ Canzler caught off guard by promotion; Upton brothers join exclusive club

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays: RH Jeff Niemann (9-7, 4.07)

Orioles: LH Zach Britton (9-9, 4.33)

Watch for …

Standing tall: Niemann is looking to get righted after back-to-back rough starts against the Rangers, allowing 12 runs in 91/3 innings. He is 4-3, 4.96 in 10 games vs. the Orioles but 2-2, 7.13 in five at Camden Yards.

Zach attack: Britton, a 23-year-old rookie, has been one of the O's few success stories. He threw six solid innings to beat the Rays Sept. 2 and overall is 2-1, 3.12 against them.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Britton

Evan Longoria 2-for-5

B.J. Upton 1-for-8

Ben Zobrist 1-for-6

Orioles vs. Niemann

Cesar Izturis 4-for-16

Adam Jones 4-for-19

Nick Markakis 8-for-23, HR

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Arrival of the day

INF/OF Russ Canzler got word of his unexpected promotion in memorable fashion. The Triple-A Bulls got back to Durham about 8 a.m. Saturday after an eight-hour bus ride from their season-ending loss in Columbus, Ohio, and Canzler was saying his goodbyes when manager Charlie Montoyo said, "Good luck this offseason. Oh, and good luck in the big leagues, too." Just like that, Canzler's dream was realized. "That'll wake you up real quick," he said.

Bash brothers

The Uptons are the eighth set of brothers to combine for 50 or more homers in a season:

Irish and Bob Meusel, 1925

Joe and Vince DiMaggio, 1937-40-41

Hank and Tommie Aaron, 1962

Carlos and Lee May, 1969

Tony and Billy Conigliaro, 1970

Jason and Jeremy Giambi, 2000-02

Bret and Aaron Boone, 2001-03

B.J. and Justin Upton, 2011

Tampa Bay Rays: Russ Canzler caught off guard by promotion; Upton brothers join exclusive club 09/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, September 11, 2011 10:34pm]
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