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Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez follows mom's advice, Evan Longoria part of new promotion, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says team is helping make bay area fat

Rays vs. White Sox

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

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Español; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

Rays RHP James Shields (0-1, 3.98)

white Sox LHP John Danks (0-1, 3.15)

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

Watch for …

Shields up: Shields got roughed up a bit by the White Sox on April 8 in Chicago, allowing three homers and five runs in six-plus innings and not striking anyone out. Overall he is 2-2, 5.33 against them, allowing 13 homers in eight starts.

Danks a lot: Danks is considered a "reverse split" pitcher, meaning he tends to be tougher on righties than lefties. He's pretty tough on the Rays anyway, going 5-2, 4.10 in eight starts, including 4-1, 4.50 at the Trop.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Danks

Kelly Shoppach 3-for-15, HR

B.J. Upton 2-for-15, HR, 6 Ks

Ben Zobrist 0-for-10, 5 Ks

Sox vs. Shields

A.J. Pierzynski 5-for-24

Alex Rios 9-for-33, HR

Mark Teahen 10-for-26, 2 HR

On deck

Wednesday: vs. White Sox, 6:40, Fox Sports Florida. Rays — Wade Davis (1-2, 3.26); Sox — Phil Humber (1-1, 3.46)

Thursday: vs. White Sox, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.32); Sox — Gavin Floyd (1-1, 4.29)

Friday: at Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.50); Jays — Brandon Morrow (0-0, 0.00)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Commercial of the day

3B Evan Longoria is one of several current and former players (including Lou Piniella) featured in a Pepsi Max commercial — playing off Field of Dreams — that starts airing today. For a preview, see

Promotion of the day

The White Sox K'd 11 times, activating the free-pizza promotion for at least the sixth time since Ozzie Guillen has managed them. "It seems like every time we come to Tampa Bay there's going to be a lot of fat people eating pizza,'' he said. "We should be on the payroll for those guys.''

Mom's advice of the day

INF Sean Rodriguez usually listens to his mom, so when Mari told him to watch SportsCenter Monday morning he tuned in. The reason? His leaping catch of Danny Valencia's line drive Sunday was the No. 1 Play of the Day.

Tampa Bay Rays: Sean Rodriguez follows mom's advice, Evan Longoria part of new promotion, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen says team is helping make bay area fat 04/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 11:17pm]
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