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Rays on deck

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 21, 2001


THE GAME

WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

TV/RADIO: FSN; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM 760 (Spanish). TODAY'S PROMOTIONS: Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, honoring the memory of Tampa police officer Lois Marrero, killed in the line of duty July 6. Also, Autograph Day: four players or coaches available at 2:55 p.m. for a 30-minute session.

TICKETS: Available at stadium box office; through Ticketmaster phone and retail outlets; and at team stores in WestShore Plaza, Brandon Town Center and BayWalk.

INFO: Call 1-888-FAN-RAYS.

THE PITCHERS

Ryan Rupe

Rupe (4-8, 7.12) makes his 16th start of the season and 10th since being recalled Memorial Day from Triple-A Durham. The start is the 57th of his career, which will move him past ex-Ray Rolando Arrojo into second place in team history (Bryan Rekar, 74).

Darren Oliver

Oliver (7-5, 6.48) makes his first start of the season against Tampa Bay; he is 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA in 13 career starts against the Rays. His last start was a 7-6 loss to Giants (51/3 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned) and he is 0-3 with a 9.56 ERA in his past three starts.

YOU DON'T SAY

Manager Hal McRae was asked, in view of the Rays' inability to drive home runners in scoring position, what he would pay for a base hit in such situations. "A premium," he said. "And I'd pay big for contact."

ATTENDANCE REPORT

FRIDAY'S CROWD: 13,611

TROPICANA FIELD CAPACITY: 44,445

SEASON TOTAL: 749,941

PER-GAME AVERAGE: 15,305

2001 LARGEST CROWD: 41,546

2001 SMALLEST CROWD: 10,539

2000 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 19,368

1999 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 19,296

1998 PER-GAME AVERAGE: 30,939

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