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Tampa Bay Rays: Several Rays take part in good deeds

Rays vs. Reds

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers

RAYS: LH David Price (8-6, 3.51)

REDS: RH Johnny Cueto (5-2, 1.63)

Watch for …

Price check: Price is coming off a strong outing in which he allowed two runs in eight innings, with 10 Ks and one walk, in a win over the Brewers. He has never faced the Reds. He has held left-handed hitters to a .170 average, the third lowest among major-league starters.

Johnny be good: Cueto has won three consecutive starts, giving up one earned run in that span (21 innings). He has been strong on the road, going 3-1 with a 1.32 in five starts this season.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Cueto

Johnny Damon 0-for-3

Kelly Shoppach 0-for-1

Reds vs. Price

Scott Rolen 1-for-2

Fred Lewis 2-for-9

Ramon Hernandez 1-for-2

On deck

Wednesday: vs. Reds, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-4, 2.29); Reds — Edinson Volquez (4-3, 5.77)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (7-5, 4.32); Cardinals — Jaime Garcia (6-3, 3.06)

Saturday: vs. Cardinals, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-4, 5.58); Cardinals — Kyle McClellan (6-4, 4.02)

Good deed of the day

Rays LHP J.P. Howell and his wife, Heather, right, participated in the 2011 Reading with the Rays program Monday by reading a short story to an audience at John F. Germany Public Library in Tampa.

Good deed of the day 2

CF B.J. Upton and OF Matt Joyce will kick off the Rays Dugout Club today, visiting a total of five recreation centers in south St. Petersburg from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. LHP David Price will visit two more centers Friday. "It's fun to see those kids, the way they react whenever they see me," Price said. "I enjoy it and know those kids appreciate it."

Number of the day

114 Runs scored by the Rays at home, 27th in the majors.

Tampa Bay Rays: Several Rays take part in good deeds 06/27/11 [Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2011 10:59pm]
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