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Tampa Bay Rays: Summer Concert Series additions; James Shields talks about saving the day, getting the W

Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Fenway Park, Boston

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Alex Cobb (1-0, 2.57)

Red Sox:

LH Jon Lester (3-3, 3.95)

On Cobb: Settled in after early struggles Saturday to have an impressive, seven-inning outing against the Braves, his first start of the year. He is 2-1 with a 1.78 ERA in four career road starts.

On Lester: He has won his past two starts and allowed three earned runs or fewer in four of his past five. He's 10-6 with a 3.91 ERA in 20 career starts against Tampa Bay.

Rays vs. Lester

Carlos Peña 11-for-43, 5 HRs

Jose Molina 5-for-15

B.J. Upton 12-for-55, 3 HRs

Red Sox vs. Cobb

Mike Aviles 0-for-3

On deck

Saturday: at Red Sox, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — David Price (6-3, 2.88); Sox — Josh Beckett (4-4, 4.38)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (4-1, 2.73); Sox — Clay Buchholz (4-2, 7.84)

Rays disabled list

(with eligible-to-return date)

1B/OF Brandon Allen, right quad strain, today

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day, June 5

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day, June 5

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day, June 5

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 15-day, Monday

OF Desmond Jennings, left knee sprain, 15-day, Sunday

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day, June 3

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day, April 30

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day, May 16

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day, July 14

Taking the train

Two more musical acts have been added to the Rays' summer concert series at Tropicana Field. Singer Pat Monahan, right, and Train return to play after the Rays-Red Sox game July 13. O.A.R. will perform after the Rays-A's game Aug. 24. The first postgame show will be LL Cool J on June 2.

Quote to note

"We're not playing the best baseball right now. Defensively, offensively, we're not up to where we want to be. But we're finding ways to win. And that's what it's all about, the W." — RHP James Shields

Number of the day

14 Consecutive saves to start the season for Rays RHP Fernando Rodney, two shy of the club record set by RHP Rafael Soriano in 2010 and RHP Al Reyes in 2007

Tampa Bay Rays: Summer Concert Series additions; James Shields talks about saving the day, getting the W 05/24/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:08pm]
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