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TODAY: ATHLETICS VS. DEVIL RAYS

WHEN/WHERE: 12:35 p.m., Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

TV/RADIO: SportsChannel; WFLA-AM 970, WLVU-FM 106.3.

PITCHERS: Athletics RHP Dave Telgheder (no record) vs. Tampa Bay RHP Jason Johnson (1-0, 3.38).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR: The Devil Rays play an early game so they can catch an evening flight to Minneapolis for the start of a two-game series. Johnson makes his second big-league start in place of Rick Gorecki, who is on the disabled list. Paul Sorrento has two home runs in 10 career at-bats against Telgheder.

ETC.: Gates open at 10:35 a.m.

INFORMATION: Call 825-3137.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I don't blame them. I didn't do my job."

_ ROBERTO HERNANDEZ

Rays closer on being booed by Tropicana Field fans after blowing a save opportunity in the ninth inning

BY THE NUMBERS

11: Team-leading walks for Dave Martinez.

30: Games in Fred McGriff's career in which he has hit two home runs.

53: Percentage of Paul Sorrento's 17 hits that have been doubles.

101: Pitches thrown by Tony Saunders in less than five innings of work.

34: Double plays turned by the Devil Rays, a major-league high.

126: Career at-bats for Miguel Cairo before hitting his first big-league homer.

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