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Number of the day

By EDUARDO A. ENCINA
Published May 15, 2007


Number of the day

33-5 Rays pitcher James Shields' strikeout-to-walk ratio in his past four starts.

Did you know?

Carlos Pena on Sunday against Shaun Marcum became the second player this season, and the first Devil Ray ever, to break up a no-hitter with a home run in the seventh inning or later, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Seattle's Ben Broussard did it to the Yankees Chien-Ming Wang on May 5.

Number of the day, Part 2

1 Hit for Rocco Baldelli in his past 39 at-bats since May 3.

Tonight: Rays vs. Rangers

When/where: 7:10; The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports, Lake Buena Vista

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

Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP James Shields (3-0, 3.10); Rangers - RHP Brandon McCarthy (3-4, 6.89)

Watch for ...

Rising ace: Over his past four starts, Rays starter James Shields has been the team's top pitcher, highlighted by nine scoreless innings of three-hit ball Wednesday against the Orioles.

Rolling Ranger: Texas starter Brandon McCarthy, acquired from the White Sox, is on something of a roll, having beaten the Blue Jays and Yankees in his past two starts, allowing one run in each, but overall has allowed 58 baserunners in 311/3 innings. McCarthy is 1-2, 7.71 in four games against the Rays.

Norton sighting: 1B/DH Greg Norton, on the DL since spring training, was to have his surgically repaired right knee checked and could be activated this series. If so, it could mean a demotion for Jonny Gomes or Jorge Cantu.

Disney tickets: $15 (lawn). $25-$33 (bleachers), $35-$42 (upper level), $49-$119 (lower level) at the Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. Parking is free. Tickets are available through devilrays.com and Ticketmaster and at Tropicana Field. Fans attending Disney games get a voucher for a free ticket to a game at the Trop, June 2-3 (Kansas City) or June 24 (Dodgers).

Disney directions: I-4 east to Exit 62 or 65, follow signs to Wide World of Sports.

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

On deck

Wednesday: Rangers at Lake Buena Vista, 7:10 p.m., Ch. 66. Rays - Casey Fossum (2-3, 7.43); Rangers - Vicente Padilla (1-5, 4.78)

Thursday: Rangers at Lake Buena Vista, 7:10 p.m., FSN. Rays - Scott Kazmir (2-2, 3.96); Rangers - Kameron Loe (1-3, 5.89)

Friday: Marlins, 6:40 p.m., FSN. Rays - Edwin Jackson (0-5, 6.82); Marlins - TBA

Saturday: Marlins, 7:10 p.m., FSN. Rays - Jae Seo (2-3, 7.26); Marlins - TBA