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Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld amused by publicity, honored by new promotion; B.J. Upton proud of little brother's titanic home run

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RHP James Shields (0-1, 4.72)

TWINS: RHP Carl Pavano (1-1, 6.00)

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

Rays information: Toll-free 1-888-326-7297 (FAN-RAYS)

Watch for …

Big Game James: Shields has a much better record at the Trop than on the road, so the rainout was to his advantage. He is 3-1, 5.27 in seven games vs. the Twins.

King Carl: Pavano won 17 games last season but was 0-1, 4.38 in two starts against the Rays. Overall, he is 5-4, 3.84 in 12 starts against the Rays.

Quote of the day

"This is me washing my planet."

OF Sam Fuld joking, given all the Legend of Sam Fuld stuff going around, when asked why he couldn't stop Wednesday's rain.

New giveaway of the day

Adding further to the Legend, the Rays will give away Sam Fuld Superhero Capes on May 29 to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under, replacing the canceled Manny Ramirez bobblehead giveaway. Fuld was flattered, saying it was the first such promotion in his honor. "I was maybe close to getting an Iowa Cub T-shirt giveaway (with the Cubs Triple-A team), but I didn't even make the cut there," he said.

Brotherly love of the day

B.J. Upton, left, was quite proud and excited talking about the massive 478-foot homer his younger brother Justin hit Tuesday for the D'backs. "Oh. My. God," B.J. said. "I called him and before I could say anything he's like, 'Yeah, I did it.' "

Heads-up of the day

Sean Rodriguez can be pretty intense, and he certainly looked that way Tuesday after grounding into a double play when cameras caught him in the dugout pounding himself in the head with his batting helmet. "I hadn't done that one in a couple years,'' he said. Rodriguez there's no set number to the "routine,'' that it's just a product of his frustration. "I've got,'' he said, "a pretty hard head.''

Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld amused by publicity, honored by new promotion; B.J. Upton proud of little brother's titanic home run 04/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 12:03am]
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