By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published May 12, 2001
WHERE: Jacobs Field, Cleveland.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Net; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM 760 (Spanish).
AL Central in 2001: 3-6
RH starters: 9-22
LH starters: 1-2
WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy, high of 59, low of 52.
Rose (0-0, 2.70) is making his first start for the Rays. Acquired on waivers from the Mets on April 25, he has pitched 62/3 innings of relief for Tampa Bay in three appearances. He is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA in two career appearances vs. Cleveland.
Finley (3-2, 4.36) originally was supposed to start Friday night's game, but was scratched with a sore neck. He is 5-0 lifetime against the Rays, including a victory on Sunday at Tropicana Field.
Manager Hal McRae spent the past four years on the same Phillies coaching staff as John Vukovich, who had brain surgery this week. The operation to remove a benign mass was successful and Vukovich is expected to be back in uniform in two or three weeks. McRae's wife sent a card to Vukovich in Philadelphia and the manager expects to give his former co-worker a call in a couple of weeks. "He knows everybody, so I'm sure he's already hearing from a lot of people," McRae said. "I'll call him when things settle down."