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Tampa Bay Rays: Three Rays enjoy visit to MLB Fan Cave; Desmond Jennings, Joe Maddon differ on pinch-running strategy

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (5-1, 2.35)

YANKEES: LH CC Sabathia (4-0, 4.15)

On Price: Since his rough April 13 outing in Boston, Price has been dazzling, going 4-0, 1.55 in beating the Blue Jays, Angels, Rangers and A's. He has handled the Yankees well, going 5-2, 3.96 in 14 appearances.

On Sabathia: As well as he does against other teams, Sabathia since joining the Yankees in 2009 has won only two of 14 starts vs. the Rays, going 2-6, 3.92. Before that, he was 7-1, 2.44 against them.

Key matchups

Rays VS. SABATHIA

Carlos Peña5-for-38, 3 HRs

Jose Molina 0-for-16, 4 Ks

B.J. Upton13-for-45, 2 HRs

Ben Zobrist 10-for-43, HR

YANKEES VS. PRICE

R. Cano 7-for-34

C. Granderson7-for-34, 2 HRs

Derek Jeter13-for-41, 2 HRs

N. Swisher 10-for-24, HR

On deck

Friday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.75); O's — Dana Eveland (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday: at Orioles, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (1-2, 5.71); O's — Brian Matusz (1-4, 5.91)

Sunday: at Orioles, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (5-1, 3.23); O's — Jake Arrieta (2-3, 4.23)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day

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

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Visit of the day

INF Sean Rodriguez, RHP James Shields and LHP David Price visited MLB's Fan Cave in New York City on Wednesday, touring the facility, meeting the Cave-dwellers who "work" there watching games and enjoying some fun and games. But the joke was on Shields and Price — and Rodriguez was in on it — as they were filmed, ostensibly for a commercial, doing a number of increasingly silly stunts. "We got pranked," Shields said.

Quotes of the day

"I'd rather have Joe come out there and run for me than a pitcher."

LF Desmond Jennings, on the prospect of being pinch-run for due to his sore knee

"Me, actually? No he doesn't."

Maddon, in response

Tampa Bay Rays: Three Rays enjoy visit to MLB Fan Cave; Desmond Jennings, Joe Maddon differ on pinch-running strategy 05/09/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 9, 2012 10:56pm]
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