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Number of the day

By MARC TOPKIN
Published April 20, 2007


Number of the day

8 Electronic media outlets planning live coverage of Monday's game, scheduled to feature Yankees pitcher Kei Igawa facing the Rays' Akinori Iwamura, with ESPN, NHK (Japanese TV) and JOLF (Japanese national radio) joining the usual five carriers: Rays TV, radio and Spanish radio, and Yankees TV and radio.

Quote of the day

"I don't know what they've got, but I don't want it."

Rays C Josh Paul on the mystery virus plaguing his teammates. Paul has had a sinus infection.

Quote of the day (visitor's edition)

"I heard they're going to set the air conditioning at 35 degrees in Tropicana Field just to make sure we feel at home."

Indians INF Casey Blake on team's cold-weather start

Tonight: Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10, Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: FSN; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP Edwin Jackson (0-2, 8.31); Indians - LHP C.C. Sabathia (3-0, 2.14)

Rays tickets: $8-$210. Available at Tropicana Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, devilrays.com.

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

Watch for ...

C.C. vs. C.C.: Indians starter C.C. Sabathia has thus far gotten the better of Rays LF Carl Crawford, who is 4-for-18 with three strikeouts - though he has three hits in his past eight at-bats.

Jackson's action: Rays starter Edwin Jackson is looking to improve on a rough outing Saturday in Minnesota when he allowed five runs on three hits and five walks in three ugly innings. This will be his first start against the Indians.

C.C., etc.: Sabathia has had his way with the Rays, going 6-1 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts, though he is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA at the Trop. C Josh Paul might be a good addition to the Rays lineup - he is 5-for-13 with two homers off Sabathia. Carlos Pena might not be - he is 3-for-18 with eight strikeouts.

On deck

Saturday: Indians, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays - Jae Seo (0-1, 7.71); Indians - Paul Byrd (1-0, 0.00)

Sunday: Indians, 1:40, FSN. Rays - James Shields (1-0, 5.40); Indians - Jake Westbrook (0-2, 12.08)

Monday: Yankees, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays - Casey Fossum (1-1, 6.11); Yankees - Kei Igawa (1-0, 6.06)