Rays report

By Eduardo A. Encina,Times Staff Writer
Published May 9, 2007

Did you know?

Before Tuesday's pair of roster moves to recall right-handed relievers Tim Corcoran and Chad Orvella from Triple-A Durham, the Rays had used just 26 players this season, fewest in the majors. At this time last season, the Rays had used 35 players, most in the majors.

Quote of the day

"That's pretty cool. I just hope I don't disappoint them."

Rays RHP James Shields upon hearing he was the second-most-added pitcher in Yahoo fantasy baseball leagues last week with 26, 702 roster claims (Milwaukee RHP Jeff Suppan was first with 41, 524)

Number of the day


4 Runs the Rays have scored in the first inning this season, second fewest in the majors (St. Louis, three). They have been outscored 31-4 in the first frame.




Tonight: Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

TV/radio: Ch. 66; 1250-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP James Shields (3-0, 3.74); Orioles - LHP Erik Bedard (3-2, 5.63).

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

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

Watch for ...

Force Shields: Shields had his third straight quality start in his last outing Thursday against Minnesota. He is fourth in the AL with 45 strikeouts.

Bedard blues: Bedard has struggled with consistency but has been a Rays killer, going 8-3 with a 3.19 ERA for his career against Tampa Bay.

Camden Yards BBQ-ed: The Rays are 30-45 at Baltimore.

On deck

Thursday: at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. FSN. Rays - Casey Fossum (2-2, 7.34); Orioles - Daniel Cabrera (1-3, 4.50)

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. Ch. 66. Rays - Scott Kazmir (2-1, 3.71); Jays - A.J. Burnett (2-3, 5.09)

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m. Ch. 66. Rays - Edwin Jackson (0-5, 6.99); Jays - Dustin McGowan (0-0, 9.00)