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Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez clocks a season best on homer; oppressive heat continues in Texas

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH James Shields (12-10, 2.96)

RANGERS: RH Alexi Ogando (12-6, 3.57)

Watch for …

Complete-game James: Shields is coming off his MLB-best 10th complete game, though pitching in Texas has been a challenge. He is 1-2, 5.14 and has allowed five homers in three starts there and is 3-2, 4.07 overall vs. Rangers.

The big O-no: After starting the season 7-0, 2.10 and earning selection to the All-Star team, Ogando is 5-6, 5.27 over his past 13 starts. He will be on five days' rest, which should help. He has only faced the Rays in relief.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Ogando

Reid Brignac 0-for-1

Evan Longoria 0-for-1

B.J. Upton 2-for-2

Rangers vs. Shields

Elvis Andrus 5-for-9

Josh Hamilton 1-for-12

Ian Kinsler 4-for-15, 2 HRs

On deck

Thursday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.46); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.29).

Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (12-11, 3.40); Orioles — Zach Britton (8-9, 4.28)

Saturday: vs. Orioles, 6:10, no TV. Rays — Wade Davis (8-8, 4.52); O's — TBA

Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (11-10, 3.01); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (6-16, 4.42)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Impressive number of the day

122.2 MPH of ball off Sean Rodriguez's bat for Sunday HR in Toronto, highest in MLB this season. "Pretty cool," Rodriguez said. "I definitely hit it hard."

Quote of the day

"That's when I used to be good."

C Kelly Shoppach, a Fort Worth native reflecting on his high school and college days.

Oppressive number of the day

102 First-pitch temperature for Tuesday's game, the 14th straight and 25th overall of 100-plus at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez clocks a season best on homer; oppressive heat continues in Texas 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:30am]

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