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Tampa Bay Rays: Sportsmanlike gesture from visiting Rangers fans; David Price gives Rays two 200-strikeout pitchers

Nice gesture of the day

Two fans visiting from Texas, Eric Tunell and Stephen Noll, ended up with Desmond Jennings' home run ball, and after seeing on the videoboard that it was the 1,000th win in franchise history, they offered it up to the Rays. In exchange, each was happy to get a ball signed by Jennings.

Fan club of the day

With David Price's fifth strikeout Wednesday, he and James Shields became the American League's 19th set of teammates, and 14th different, with 200 strikeouts each. In the last 20 years they are just the fourth:

2011 RaysJames Shields (205)-David Price (200)

2008 JaysA.J. Burnett (231)-Roy Halladay (206)

2004 Red SoxPedro Martinez (227)-Curt Schilling (203)

2001 YanksMike Mussina (214)-Roger Clemens (213)

Number of the day

3 Walkoff homers on the first pitch of an inning — by Casey Kotchman, Aug. 8 vs. Royals; Johnny Damon, Aug. 21 vs. Mariners; Desmond Jennings, Wednesday vs. Rangers.

Today: Off

Next game: vs. Red Sox, 7:10 Friday, Sun Sports.

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH Wade Davis (9-9, 4.50)

RED SOX: RH John Lackey (12-11, 6.11)

Tickets: $19-$300 at box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa; $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

On deck

Saturday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (12-10, 2.90); Red Sox — Kyle Weiland (0-1, 8.10)

Sunday: vs. Red Sox, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (14-10, 2.77); Red Sox — Jon Lester (14-6, 3.05)

Monday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-7. 4.07); Orioles — TBA

Milestone wins

No. Date Opponent WP

1 4-1-98 11-8 vs. DET Arrojo

100 7-7-99 3-2 vs. BOS Eiland

200 9-29-00 8-6 vs. BOS Yan

300 8-4-02 10-3 vs. CWS Kennedy

400 6-2-04 4-2 at MIN Waechter

500 8-19-05 2-1 vs. TEX McClung

600 5-28-07 6-5 vs. DET Glover

700 7-6-08 9-2 vs. KC Shields

800 8-3-09 10-4 vs. KC Kazmir

900 8-18-10 8-6 vs. TEX Shields

1000 9-7-11 5-4 vs. TEX McGee

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays: Sportsmanlike gesture from visiting Rangers fans; David Price gives Rays two 200-strikeout pitchers 09/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 10:57pm]
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