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Tampa Bay Rays: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thinks team could have won all three; Rays have had a lead infrequently this season

Rays vs. White Sox

When/where: 6:40 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

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

Probable starters

RAYS: LHP David Price (1-2, 3.92)

WHITE SOX: RHP Edwin Jackson (2-0, 2.89)

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

Watch for …

Famous Mr. Ed: Jackson makes his living pitching against the Rays. On April 7, he allowed one run and four hits while striking out a career-high 13 and walking one in eight innings of a 5-1 win. Jackson, who pitched for Tampa Bay from 2006-08, has a 1.44 ERA while winning all three starts against his former team. Included was a 149-pitch no-hitter June 25 at Tropicana Field.

Price winless vs. Sox: Price, a 19-game winner last season, has had no luck against the White Sox, losing all four starts with a 4.88 ERA. He was beaten by Jackson at U.S. Cellular Field less than two weeks ago, allowing three runs and nine hits in six innings.

Key matchups

White Sox vs. Price

Paul Konerko 2-for-3, RBI

Juan Pierre 2-for-4

Rays vs. Jackson

Reid Brignac 1-for-3, RBI

Johnny Damon 0-for-4

Felipe Lopez 1-for-1, 2B

On deck

Tuesday: vs. White Sox, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (0-1, 3.98); Sox — John Danks (0-1, 3.15)

Damon's hit list

Where Johnny Damon stands on the all-time list:

79t. Reggie Jackson 2,584

79t. Johnny Damon 2,584

81. Ernie Banks 2,583

82. Richie Ashburn 2,574

Manny Ramirez 2,574

Source: Rays

Quote of the day

"We actually played well enough in this series to win three ball games and we only came out of here with one. But we'll take the one today and get on the airplane and go up to Baltimore and just be happy with it."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire

Numbers of the day

Out of 136 innings played this season, the Rays have led after only 24 of them, including two innings Sunday against the Twins. Nine of those innings in which the Rays have led came in their 16-5 win at Boston. Of the 82 innings played at Tropicana Field, the Rays have led in eight of them.

Tampa Bay Rays: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire thinks team could have won all three; Rays have had a lead infrequently this season 04/17/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 7:21pm]
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