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Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld honored by teammates for defense; Joe Maddon praises Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff run

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 1:40; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 3.14)

Indians:

RH Justin Masterson (5-2, 2.50)

Watch for …

Hellickson in control: Hellickson snapped a four-game winning streak despite giving up only two runs in 61/3 innings in a 6-3 loss to the Tigers on Monday. Over his past five starts, the rookie, 24, is 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .198.

May Day for Masterson: The right-hander will be happy to flip the calender. Despite a 2.80 ERA in May, Masterson is 0-2 in five starts. The Rays are Masterson's kryptonite: He's 1-5 with a 6.28 ERA in his career vs. Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Indians vs. Hellickson

Travis Buck 0-for-3

Rays vs. Masterson

Johnny Damon 1-for-8

Evan Longoria 5-for-19, HR

B.J. Upton 5-for-11, HR

On deck

Monday: vs. Rangers, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-4, 3.71); Rangers — Derek Holland (3-1, 4.68)

Rick Stroud, Times staff writer

Clubhouse web gem of the day

Rays LF Sam Fuld was awarded a miniature Gold Glove for his diving catch in a 5-0 win against the Indians on Friday night. 2B Ben Zobrist presented him with a small Rawlings glove mounted on a small wooden trophy base. Apparently, a player will be voted the trophy after each game. "It's real plastic. It may be dipped," Fuld said of the trophy. "I guess my job is to give it to the next winner."

Maddon tribute

Manager Joe Maddon praised the Lightning, which lost the Eastern Conference final to the Bruins. "I hope everybody understands how great of a season they did have," he said. "They've got to be proud of what they did, and it's just a great building block to the future."

Giveaway of the day

The first 10,000 kids 14 and under today receive a Super Sam Fuld Cape presented by @RaysRepublic.

Tampa Bay Rays: Sam Fuld honored by teammates for defense; Joe Maddon praises Tampa Bay Lightning's playoff run 05/28/11 [Last modified: Saturday, May 28, 2011 9:19pm]
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