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Tampa Bay Rays: Zobrists team up for meet and greet; Kyle Farnsworth's son supplies Nerf guns for clubhouse hijinks

Rays vs. Orioles

When/where: 1:40 today; Tropicana Field

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

Tickets: $12-$255, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Promotion: Postgame concert by the Wiggles and a DJ Kitty bobblehead giveaway to the first 10,000 kids 14 and under

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (14-4, 2.64)

Orioles: RH Miguel Gonzalez (3-2, 4.46)

On Price: He has won six of his past eight starts and lasted at least seven innings in each of them. He is 6-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 11 career starts against the Orioles, including 2-0 with a 0.63 ERA in two starts this year.

On Gonzalez: He has been good on the road this season, going 3-0 with a 2.93 ERA in five appearances (three starts). He struggled against the Rays last week, allowing seven runs in 22/3 innings in a loss in Baltimore.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Gonzalez

B.J. Upton 1-for-2

Carlos Peña 1-for-2

Desmond Jennings 1-for-2, HR

Orioles vs. Price

Adam Jones 5-for-26

Mark Reynolds 3-for-20, 2 HRs

Matt Wieters 7-for-24

On deck

Monday: Off

Tuesday: vs. Jays, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (9-7, 4.24); Jays — TBA

Wednesday: vs. Jays, 7:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (5-8, 4.60); Jays — TBA

Thursday: vs. Jays, 1:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (8-7, 3.84); Jays — TBA

Friday: at Twins, 8:10 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (6-7, 3.43); Twins — Cole De Vries (2-2, 3.81)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Teaming up

Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna, had a successful meet-and-greet before Saturday's game to promote her new CD, Say It Now. Zobrist said there was a steady line at the Tropicana Field team store for 2½ hours, with him signing baseballs and his wife signing and selling CDs. "It was a great event, and great to just connect with some people, too," Zobrist said.

Not a kids' game

Several Rays had fun in the clubhouse before Saturday's game playing with the Nerf guns brought in by RHP Kyle Farnsworth's son, Stone, 9. "This is amazing," LHP J.P. Howell said. "I'm going to go to Toys "R" Us later."

Number of the day

2

Stolen bases for Orioles C Matt Wieters Saturday, equaling the total from his first 460 career games.

Tampa Bay Rays: Zobrists team up for meet and greet; Kyle Farnsworth's son supplies Nerf guns for clubhouse hijinks 08/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, August 4, 2012 11:05pm]
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