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Tampa Bay Rays: Wives lose softball game

Rays vs. Marlins

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers


RH James Shields (6-4, 2.60)


RH Chris Volstad (2-7, 6.07)

Tickets: $12-$255 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster,, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Promotion: B.J. Upton bobblehead to first 10,000 kids 14 and under.

Watch for …

Big-game James: Shields is coming off a shutout of the Red Sox on Tuesday. He threw a four-hitter to beat the Marlins on May 22. Overall he is 4-2, 4.78 vs. Florida.

Chris' misses: Volstad is coming off a brutal outing at Philadelphia (8 R, 10 H, including 4 HR in 52/3 IP). He is 1-0, 3.57 in three starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Volstad

John Jaso 3-for-5

Evan Longoria 1-for-7

B.J. Upton 2-for-7

Marlins vs. Shields

John Buck 4-for-14, 2 HRs

Hanley Ramirez 8-for-25, HR

Gaby Sanchez 5-for-7, HR

Mrs. Marlins win

Despite extensive coaching by RHP James Shields, the Rays wives (and girlfriends) lost a pregame softball game to the Marlins wives 6-1. The Rays — fittingly — didn't show much offense, hitless until the fourth when Nicole Johnson (wife of Elliot) singled and finishing with five hits over the eight innings. SS Katelyn Davis (wife of Wade) was the star, singling and making a diving catch. "It was a lot of fun," Shields said.

Quote of the day

"Pretty cool, pretty accurate."

B.J. Upton, on his bobblehead which will be given out today.

Tampa Bay Rays: Wives lose softball game 06/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:17pm]
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