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Rays on deck

By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times,
published August 11, 2001


The game

WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

TV/RADIO: FSN; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM (Spanish).

TICKETS: Available at all Ticketmaster locations. Also at Tropicana Field box office and Rays Dugout stores at WestShore Plaza, Brandon TownCenter and BayWalk.

INFORMATION: 1-800-FAN-RAYS.

The pitchers

Ryan Rupe

Rupe (4-9, 6.68) returns to the rotation after skipping a start in Chicago. The right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.64 ERA since he won on June 14, a span of eight starts

Brad Thomas

Thomas (0-1, 9.45) was recalled from Double-A New Britain on Wednesday and starts in place of Brad Radke, who went on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised thumb.

RAYS BY THE NUMBERS

HOME RECORD: 21-34

ROAD RECORD: 18-43

DAY GAMES: 14-26

NIGHT GAMES: 26-51

GRASS: 15-37

TURF: 24-40

Vs. AL East: 15-36

Vs. AL Central: 7-16

Vs. AL West: 7-17

Vs. RHP: 29-63

Vs. LHP: 9-15

YOU DON'T SAY

"We snuck into town and got him. Everybody wanted to know what happened to Jason." Rays manager Hal McRae on Jason Standridge's promotion from Triple-A Durham to Tampa Bay. The rookie right-hander made his first career start on Thursday against the Yankees.

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