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Rays Report

By EDUARDO A. ENCINA
Published June 25, 2007


Number of the day

.375 Batting average for Rays INF Ty Wigginton against the NL (24-for-64) after his 2-for-3 day Sunday in the interleague finale.

Quote of the day

"I've got two firsts here, that's pretty cool. ... At least I didn't kill a Devil Ray out there." -- Dodgers LF Luis Gonzalez on hitting the first ball to land in the cownose rays tank beyond the right-centerfield fence. Gonzalez, a Tampa native, also hit the first homer at Tropicana Field in the Rays' first game ever (1998) as a member of the Tigers.

Did you know?

The Rays retrieved Gonzalez's home run ball from the cownose rays tank and initially wanted to place it in the Ted Williams Museum at the Trop but instead gave the ball to Gonzalez, whose 335th homer as a leftfielder gave him the third most all-time at that position behind Barry Bonds and Ted Williams.

Tonight: Rays vs. White Sox

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

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

Probable pitchers: Rays - LHP J.P. Howell (1-1, 4.26); White Sox - RHP John Danks (3-6, 4.61)

Rays tickets: $13-$270. Available at Tropicana Field box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and devilrays.com.

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

Watch for ...

Howell at the moon: Rays starter J.P. Howell had his second win of the season wrapped up Tuesday before the Tampa Bay bullpen blew it. He didn't have his typical command, walking four in 51/3 innings and allowing four runs on four hits.

Danks goodness: White Sox starter John Danks hasn't lasted six innings in five straight starts, but he had a career-high seven strikeouts and just one walk in his last start Tuesday.

On deck

Tuesday: White Sox, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays - James Shields (6-2, 3.64); White Sox - Jon Garland (4-5, 3.51)

Wednesday: White Sox, 7:10, Ch. 66. Rays - Andy Sonnanstine (1-2, 6.58); White Sox - Mark Buehrle (4-4, 3.39).

Thursday: White Sox, 7:10, FSN. Rays - Scott Kazmir (5-3, 4.13); White Sox - Javier Vazquez (3-5, 4.15)