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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon amazed by now-ended youth streak; Jeff Niemann recognizes quality of Tigers lineup

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 1:05 p.m. today, Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Probable pitchers:

Rays

LHP Matt Moore

(1-0, 2.89 in 2011)

Tigers

RHP Rick Porcello

(14-9, 4.75 in 2011)

Watch for:

Leaning left: Moore, one of the game's top prospects, will make his anticipated season debut, his first as part of the rotation. Moore combined for 12 scoreless innings in his first two starts with the Rays last season, including Game 1 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

Slow start: Porcello hasn't traditionally been a fast starter, with his 6.04 April ERA his second highest of any month. He is 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Porcello

Carlos Peña 2-for-6, HR

Evan Longoria 0-for-6

Sean Rodriguez 1-for-3

Tigers vs. Moore

None have faced

Number of the day

16 Straight road games for the Rays against teams that were .500 or better last season.

Watch parties

The Rays will have four Watch Parties during their road trip, with Neil Solondz broadcasting live on location:

• Wednesday at Tigers (Hooters, Fourth Street N, St. Petersburg)

• Saturday at Red Sox (Gators Dockside, Tampa)

• Sunday at Red Sox (Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach)

• Monday at Red Sox (Hooters, Tyrone Square, St. Petersburg)

On deck

Wednesday: at Tigers, 1:05, Comerica Park. Rays — James Shields (0-0, 10.80); Tigers — Justin Verlander (0-0, 0.00)

Thursday: at Tigers, 1:05, Comerica Park. Rays — Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.06 in 2011); Tigers — Drew Smyly (MLB debut)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"It's an incredible streak. Somebody may play more games than Cal Ripken before you break that particular streak."

Rays manager Joe Maddon on the club's streak of 764 games started by a pitcher under the age of 30, which ended Friday

Quote of the day 2

"Any lineup with those two guys is automatically 100 times better."

RHP Jeff Niemann on the Tigers combo of 1B Prince Fielder and 3B Miguel Cabrera

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Tampa Bay Rays: Joe Maddon amazed by now-ended youth streak; Jeff Niemann recognizes quality of Tigers lineup 04/09/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 9, 2012 10:42pm]
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