Rays vs. Mariners
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: RH James Shields (4-0, 3.31)
MARINERS: RH Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.60)
On Shields: The Rays ace has been on a roll since his shaky opening day outing, going 4-0, 2.08 in beating the Tigers, Red Sox, Twins and Rangers. He has struggled vs. Seattle, 0-2, 8.21 in his past three, 3-4, 4.04 overall.
On Beavan: Acquired from Texas in the Cliff Lee deal, Beavan, 23, is a control freak, allowing only 1.39 walks per 9 IP in his 2011 rookie season. Has pitched well in losses to Texas, Chicago.
Rays VS. BEAVAN
Brandon Allen 2-for-5
Jose Molina 1-for-2
MARINERS VS. SHIELDS
Chone Figgins 11-for-29
Justin Smoak 3-for-9, HR
Ichiro Suzuki 12-for-27, HR
Thursday: Mariners, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-3, 3.86); Mariners — Kevin Millwood (0-2, 5.24)
Friday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (4-1, 2.67); A's — Tyson Ross (1-1. 6.48)
Saturday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0. 2.51); A's — Bartolo Colon (3-2, 2.53)
Sunday: A's, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-1, 4.20); A's — Tommy Milone (3-2, 3.69)
Rays disabled list
C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day
RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day
OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day
C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day
3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Catwalkers of the day
Oh, those wayward Mariners. On Tuesday, relievers Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, Lucas Luetge, Steve Delabar and OF Casper Wells went on an expedition, because they could, to the top Trop catwalk. They stayed on the A-ring, close to 200 feet above the field, for about 15 minutes. Said Wilhelmsen: "We think outside the box in Seattle."
Stats of the day
Rays record without Evan Longoria in the lineup, 2008-12.
Rays record with Longoria on the DL.
Catwalk watchers of the day
Rays manager Joe Maddon was amused to hear of the Mariners' journey and figured former Ray John "Mikey" Jaso, now with Seattle, had to be involved. "I think Mikey's already had a tremendous influence on the Mariners," he said. "I really would have been even more impressed had they rappelled to the field. So Mikey still has some work to do."