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Tampa Bay Rays: Team to pay tribute to Navy SEALs; Upton brothers accomplish rare feat

Rays vs. Blue Jays

When/where: 1:10 p.m. today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS: LH David Price (3-3, 3.95)

BLUE JAYS: RH Kyle Drabek (2-1, 4.45)

Tickets: $9-$210 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

No Bautista: Jays slugger Jose Bautista had two home runs off Price the last time they faced off and has a .421 lifetime average against him, but he will remain sidelined by neck spasms. He's expected to return this weekend.

Bouncing back: Price is coming off one of his worst starts, giving up a career-high 12 hits and lasting just 41/3 innings (matching his shortest home start ever) in an 8-5 loss to the Angels. He has won seven of his eight career starts against the Blue Jays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Drabek

None have faced

Blue Jays vs. Price

Aaron Hill4-for-20

Adam Lind5-for-24, 7 Ks

Juan Rivera4-for-12, HR, 3 RBIs

On deck

Friday: at O's, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 2.14); O's — Zach Britton (5-1, 2.63)

Saturday: at O's, 1:10, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (2-2, 4.31); O's — Jeremy Guthrie (1-4, 3.00)

Sunday: at O's, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (3-2, 2.77); O's — Brad Bergesen (0-3, 4.76)

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

Tribute of the day

The travel theme for the Rays' trip to Baltimore will pay tribute to the military unit responsible for the death of Osama bin Laden. Players and coaches will wear shirts that read "Navy SEAL Team 6. "Just a tribute to their teamwork that enabled them to carry out their mission," manager Joe Maddon said. "Teamwork being involved in what we do on a daily basis, you see the Lightning doing right now, you see the Bucs do, and you see the military do. The military is such a big part of our community here. It's such a tribute to them, their training and their attitude, the difficult odds they're working against all the time."

All in the family

B.J. Upton's walkoff home run Tuesday came a few hours before brother Justin hit an eighth-inning homer to give the Diamondbacks a 4-3 win over the Dodgers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time brothers hit winning homers on the same day was Sept. 28, 1996, when Sandy Alomar hit one for Cleveland and brother Roberto did the same for Baltimore.

Tampa Bay Rays: Team to pay tribute to Navy SEALs; Upton brothers accomplish rare feat 05/04/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 5:42am]
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