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Rays Report


Published August 11, 2007


Number of the day

25 Combined letters in the last names of Rays RHP Andy Sonnanstine and Rangers 1B Jarrod Saltalamacchia, matching the longest such combo of the season. (Saltalamacchia has faced Chad Billingsley and Mark Hendrickson.)

Quote of the day

"Is it bad that I played against most of the guys in the old-timers' game?"

INF Greg Norton, 35, on seeing former Rangers such as Ken Hill and Tim Crabtree in action before Friday's game

Did you know?

LF Carl Crawford moved past Greg Vaughn into third place on the Rays' all-time home-run list - with 61. That would be the same amount Roger Maris hit in 1961 - the seventh most hit in a single season.

Tonight: Rays at Rangers

When/where: 8:35, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

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

Probable pitchers: Rays - RHP Edwin Jackson (2-11, 6.35); Rangers - RHP John Rheinecker (1-0, 7.40)

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

Rays info: (727) 825-3250

Watch for ...

Hot Jackson: Rays starter Edwin Jackson has had two straight solid starts, allowing only two earned runs over 12 innings, but he doesn't have anything to show for it. He is 0-1, 6.39 in two starts against the Rangers.

Rough Rheinecker: Rangers starter John Rheinecker, 28, a former A's prospect, has allowed 44 baserunners in 202/3 innings (31 hits, 11 walks, 2 hit batters) and a .348 average.

Swinging Sosa: Rangers slugger Sammy Sosa didn't start Friday but may get a chance tonight for his 605th career homer. He's hit three against the Rays.

On deck

Sunday: at Rangers, 8:35, No TV. Rays - Jason Hammel (1-1, 6.09); Rangers - Kason Gabbard (1-1, 4.63)

Monday: at Red Sox, 7:05, FSN. Rays - James Shields (9-7, 4.32); Red Sox - Tim Wakefield (13-10, 4.81)

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 7:05, Ch. 66. Rays - Scott Kazmir (9-7, 3.58); Red Sox - Jon Lester (1-0, 6.43)

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 1:05, FSN. Rays - Andy Sonnanstine (1-8, 6.12); Red Sox - Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-8, 3.59)