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Tampa Bay Rays: Seattle Mariners take trip up to catwalk; Joe Maddon has suspicion who came up with idea; records without Evan Longoria

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.

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

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

52-32

Rays record without Evan Longoria in the lineup, 2008-12.

32-22

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."

Tampa Bay Rays: Seattle Mariners take trip up to catwalk; Joe Maddon has suspicion who came up with idea; records without Evan Longoria 05/01/12 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 1, 2012 10:51pm]
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