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Tampa Bay Rays: Video coordinator really gets into themed trip; Johnny Damon will miss Rock star pal

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Starting pitchers:

RAYS:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-2, 3.18)

TIGERS: LH Phil Coke (1-5, 3.88)

K-club

Most strikeouts by a Rays pitcher:

13 — James Shields, at Marlins, 5-22-11

13 — Scott Kazmir, vs. A's, 8-25-07

12 — Shields, vs. LAA, 4-30-11

12 — Shields, vs. A's, 4-28-10

12 — Shields, vs. Cleveland, 4-22-07

12 — Dan Wheeler, vs. A's, 9-12-99

Watch for …

Jeremy the kid: Hellickson, 4-0, 2.08 in his past four starts, seeks to become the first Rays rookie to win five straight. He faced the Tigers in August in his second big-league start, throwing seven shutout innings.

Coke is it: Coke has handled the move from the bullpen to the rotation fairly well, better than his numbers — 1-4, 3.39 in eight starts — would indicate. The former Yankee is 0-1, 1.29 in 14 relief appearances vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Coke

Casey Kotchman 0-for-4

Evan Longoria 1-for-2

Ben Zobrist 1-for-5

Tigers vs. Hellickson

Brennan Boesch 1-for-3

Miguel Cabrera 0-for-3

Austin Jackson 1-for-3

On deck

Tuesday: at Tigers, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (4-4, 3.47); Tigers — Justin Verlander (4-3, 2.96)

Wednesday: at Tigers, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-2, 4.21); Tigers — Brad Penny (4-4, 4.45)

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (5-4, 3.89); Indians — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Steppin' out in style

Rays video coordinator Chris "Chico" Fernandez is known to accessorize, and he was in high style for Sunday's all-white trip from South Florida to Detroit. He was looking for something special online and found these shoes, with dice and poker chips in the heels. Fernandez said he probably won't wear them again "until the next all-white trip."

Goin' back in style

DH Johnny Damon liked playing in Detroit last season and is looking forward to going back, seeing his former teammates and hanging out with some friends. But he'll miss one buddy who will be out of town this week for work: singer Kid Rock. "He's on tour right now, or otherwise we would," Damon said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Video coordinator really gets into themed trip; Johnny Damon will miss Rock star pal 05/22/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 23, 2011 12:02am]
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