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Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay Lightning prospects meet Joe Maddon; Dwight Gooden tweets excitement over David Price

Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:05 tonight; Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (11-9, 3.01)

RANGERS: RH Scott Feldman (0-0, 3.94)

Watch for …

Jeremy the kid: Hellickson pitched well but took the loss in his last start against Detroit, and he has gotten one or no runs of support in nine of 27 starts. Hellickson hasn't faced the Rangers.

Fill-in Feldman: The Rangers chose to rest Matt Harrison and use long reliever Feldman, who began this season on the DL (right knee) and last started in the majors Sept. 28. He is 3-1, 1.73 in eight games vs. the Rays, 2-0, 1.35 as a starter.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Feldman

Johnny Damon 2-for-9

Evan Longoria 1-for-8

B.J. Upton 0-for-7

Rangers vs. Hellickson

None have faced

On deck

Wednesday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-10, 3.05); Rangers — Alexi Ogando (12-6, 3.57)

Thursday: at Rangers, 8:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (9-5, 3.46); Rangers — C.J. Wilson (13-6, 3.29)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Guests of the day

Lightning prospects Carter Ashton, right, and Brett Connolly, center, were in Toronto for an NHLPA rookie showcase event, and when the group came to the Rogers Centre on Monday, it got the bonus of meeting Rays manager Joe Maddon. Plus, when Maddon heard Connolly, who spent the summer training in Toronto, was wearing a Jays cap, he had them given Rays caps.

Tweet of the day

From Tampa native and ex-Rays pitcher but also former Yankee pitcher and team employee Dwight Gooden, @DocGooden16:

Awesome watching @davidprice14 performance today… 14k's wow cant wait til he's doing it with NY on his cap lol

Said Price: "That was pretty funny that he did that."

Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa Bay Lightning prospects meet Joe Maddon; Dwight Gooden tweets excitement over David Price 08/29/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 29, 2011 11:23pm]
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