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The dish

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 1:38 today; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: FSN; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Probable pitchers:

Rays :

RHP Andy Sonnanstine (1-4, 7.27)

Indians: LHP David Huff (MLB debut)

Watch for

Sonny day: RHP Andy Sonnanstine will try to bounce back from the shortest outing of his career Tuesday in Baltimore, when he gave up seven runs and nine hits in just two innings. He is 0-2 with a 7.15 ERA in two starts against the Indians.

Debut time: LHP David Huff, called up from Triple-A Columbus, will make his major-league debut. Huff, the 39th overall pick in the 2006 draft, was 5-1 with a 4.35 ERA for Columbus.

Matchup to avoid: OF Ben Francisco is 4-for-5 with two homers and four RBIs against Sonnanstine.

On deck

Monday: vs. Athletics, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays - Jeff Niemann (3-3, 5.35); A's - Sean Gallagher (1-1, 4.50)

Tuesday: vs. Athletics, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays - James Shields (3-4, 3.98); A's - Josh Outman (1-0, 4.05)

Wednesday: vs. Athletics, 7:08, Sun Sports. Rays - Scott Kazmir (4-3, 6.97); A's - Brett Anderson (0-4, 6.03)

Going long

RHP Matt Garza has six of the Rays' top seven games in terms of total pitches

120 Matt Garza

(5/16 vs. Indians)

116 Matt Garza

(5/10 at Red Sox)

112 Matt Garza

(4/14 vs. Yankees)

111 Scott Kazmir

(4/8 at Red Sox)

108 Matt Garza

(4/30 vs. Red Sox)

107 Matt Garza

(4/25 at Athletics)

107 Matt Garza

(4/9 at Red Sox) First pitch of the day

Comedian Charlie Murphy, in town performing in Ybor this weekend, threw out Saturday's ceremonial first pitch, bouncing it to Ben Zobrist.

Impersonation of the day

RHP Joe Nelson introduced the Rays lineup on the Fox broadcast and, as promised, did so while imitating the voice of Bill Murray's character from Caddyshack (groundskeeper Carl Spackler). Some of his best were Matt "Spanish Fly" Garza and Evan "ROY" Longoria. Said Nelson: "It was a Cinderella story."


of the day

0-224 Rays' all-time record when trailing by seven or more runs before Friday night, according to the Elias Sports Bureau

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Added: May 17, 2009

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