WHEN/WHERE: 1:35; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.
TV/RADIO: Ch. 10; WFLA-AM 970, WDCF-AM 1350, WZHR-AM 1400, WWJB-AM 1450, WTBL-AM 1470, WBDN-760 AM (Spanish).
PITCHERS: Cleveland _ RHP Jaret Wright (7-6, 5.88). Tampa Bay _ LHP Wilson Alvarez (5-6, 4.62).
ETC: Alvarez makes his first appearance since going on the disabled list July 24 with triceps inflammation. It was Alvarez's second stint on the DL this season. In Wright's last start, a no-decision Tuesday, he gave up three runs on three hits and six walks with three strikeouts. The Rays are holding a toy drive for the Christmas Toy Shop in St. Petersburg that was burglarized last month. The Rays are asking all fans to bring a new toy, and in return they will receive a free upper reserve ticket to an upcoming home game. The Rays will present a $2,500 check to the Toy Shop and have invited the 100 volunteers to today's game. The Toy Shop provides toys for needy children. The Rays are hosting the 13 Little League teams playing in the Southern Regional tournament in Gulfport.
RAYS INFO: Call (727) 825-3137; (888) FAN-RAYS.
Reliever Norm Charlton comes from good stock: His parents, Norm and Cindy Charlton, were named the George and Barbara Bush Little League Parents of the Year by Little League Baseball.
The Charltons of Rockport, Texas, have been involved in Little League since Norm was 11. They have maintained their participation long since their sons (the other, Craig, is a Secret Service agent) became adults.