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Chicago (26-13) at RAYS (16-24)
7:10; Tropicana Field
FSN Florida/ESPN2; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Preview

Pitching Matchup:

CWS-RH Javier Vazquez (4-2, 3.88)

RAYS-LH Mark Hendrickson (2-3, 3.24)

Lineups:

Chicago
LF Pablo Ozuna
2B Tadihito Iguchi
DH Jim Thome
1B Paul Konerko
RF Jermaine Dye
3B Joe Crede
C Chris Widger
SS Juan Uribe
CF Brian Anderson

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo
LF Carl Crawford
DH Jonny Gomes
3B Aubrey Huff
1B Ty Wigginton
C Toby Hall
RF Russell Branyan
2B Tomas Perez
CF Damon Hollins

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-vs Florida, 7:15 (Fossum)

Saturday-vs Florida, 7:15 (Waechter)

Sunday-vs Florida, 1:15 (Kazmir)

Gameday Tune-Bring Me Down

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Chicago (26-13) at RAYS (16-24)
7:10; Tropicana Field
FSN Florida/ESPN2; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Notes

Pitching Matchup

Breakdown

CWS-RH Javier Vazquez (4-2, 3.88):

Scouting Report-Vazquez's personal four-game winning streak came to an end Saturday night at the Metrodome, as the Twins scored five runs on six hits in the fifth inning and cruised to an 8-4 victory. The right-hander gave up seven earned runs in a start for the second time this season, both coming in a game where he allowed a five-run fifth inning. Vazquez is a perfect 3-0 lifetime against the Devil Rays, with a 4.91 ERA. He has struck out 27 Tampa Bay hitters over 29 1/3 innings. Vazquez is 1-0 with a 6.32 ERA during three starts at Tropicana Field.
[DevilRays.com]

This Season-46.1 IP, 7/7 G/GS, 4-2, 3.88 ERA, 35:8 K/BB, 1.04 WHIP, .605 Opp OPS, 0.39 HR/9

Career-1689.1 IP, 264/263 G/GS, 93-95, 4.27 ERA, 1453:445 K/BB, 1.27 WHIP, .310 Opp OBP, 1.20 HR/9

Last Start-5/13 at MIN: 5.2 IP, 86 Pitches, 10 H, 7 R (ER), 0 BB, 2 K, HR

Last Start vs RAYS-Has not started vs RAYS this season

All-Time vs RAYS-29.1 IP, 5/5 G/S, 3-0, 4.91 ERA, 27:11 K/BB, 1.50 WHIP, .284 Opp AVG, 1.84 HR/9
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher:
Ty Wigginton-22 ABs, 1.011 OPS, 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K
Tomas Perez-20 ABs, .741 OPS, 2B, RBI, 3 BB, 5 K
Julio Lugo-17 ABs, .898 OPS, 2B, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K
Aubrey Huff-8 ABs, .958 OPS, HR, RBI, BB
Carl Crawford-7 ABs, 1.571 OPS, 2B, 3B, K
Toby Hall-1 for 4, 2B, BB
Russell Branyan-2 for 3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, K
[ESPN.com]

RAYS-LH Mark Hendrickson (2-3, 3.24):

Scouting Report-Hendrickson was roughed up in the beginning of his last outing, but shook it off and remained on the mound for seven innings. His ERA jumped from a team-low 2.39 to a second-best 3.27 after allowing Toronto to score four in the second inning, and another in the fourth. His first two starts included a complete-game shutout and a six-inning affair in which he took the loss but had no earned runs. The left-hander has allowed 12 earned runs in his last three outings, a combined 18 1/3 innings.
[DevilRays.com]

This Season-33.1 IP, 5/5 G/S, 2-3, 3.24 ERA, 20:12 K/BB, 1.08 WHIP, .640 Opp OPS, 1.35 HR/9

Career-590 IP, 114/100 G/GS, 35-35, 5.09 ERA, 293:159 K/BB, 1.45 WHIP, .803 Opp OPS, 1.14 HR/9

Last Start-5/13 vs TOR: 7 IP, 106 pitches, 5 H, 5 R (ER), 3 BB, 5 K, HR

Last Start vs CWS-Has not started vs CWS this season.

All-Time vs CWS-28.1 IP, 6/4 G/GS, 0-0, 4.45 ERA, 14:6 K:BB, 1.24 WHIP, .269 Opp AVG, 0.95 HR/9
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher:
Jermaine Dye-11 ABs, 1.061 OPS, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB
Joe Crede-6 ABs, 1.095 OPS, 2B, 3 RBI, K
Juan Uribe-5 ABs, 1.600 OPS, 2 2B, RBI
Chris Widger-2 for 3, 2 2B, RBI
[ESPN.com]

Lineups:

Chicago
LF Pablo Ozuna
2B Tadihito Iguchi
DH Jim Thome
1B Paul Konerko
RF Jermaine Dye
3B Joe Crede
C Chris Widger
SS Juan Uribe
CF Brian Anderson

RAYS
SS Julio Lugo
LF Carl Crawford
DH Jonny Gomes
3B Aubrey Huff
1B Ty Wigginton
C Toby Hall
RF Russell Branyan
2B Tomas Perez
CF Damon Hollins

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-vs Florida, 7:15 (Fossum)

Saturday-vs Florida, 7:15 (Waechter)

Sunday-vs Florida, 1:15 (Kazmir)

Gameday Tune-Bring Me Down

GO RAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!