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Game Preview: Saturday (5/20) vs Florida

Florida (11-29) at RAYS (18-24)
7:15; Tropicana Field
NO TV; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Previews
Marlins [FloridaMarlins.com]
Devil Rays [DevilRays.com]

Pitching Matchup:

FLA-RH Josh Johnson (3-2, 2.93)

RAYS-RH Doug Waechter (0-2, 7.04)

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-vs Florida, 1:15 (Kazmir)

Monday-at Toronto, 4:07 (McClung)

Tuesday-at Toronto, 7:07 (Hendrickson)

Gameday Tune-Take on Me

GUYS, I GOTTA HAVE MORE COWBELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Florida (11-29) at RAYS (18-24)
7:15; Tropicana Field
NO TV; RAYS RADIO/1250 AM WHNZ

Game Previews
Marlins [FloridaMarlins.com]
Devil Rays [DevilRays.com]

Pitching Matchup

Breakdown

FLA-RH Josh Johnson (3-2, 2.93):

Scouting Report-Johnson has been effective since moving into the rotation. However, in his last start, a no-decision at Atlanta, the rookie ran up a high pitch count. He threw 101 pitches and was replaced after five innings. Even though he exited with a 5-2 lead, the Braves rallied to victory. This will be Johnson's fourth start after he opened the year in the bullpen. He has struck out 16 in 17 1/3 innings.
[DevilRays.com]

This Season-27.2 IP, 10/3 G/GS, 3-2, 2.93 ERA, 24:15 K/BB, 1.23 WHIP, .550 Opp OPS, 0.33 HR/9

Career-40 IP, 14/4 G/GS, 3-2, 3.15 ERA, 34:25 K/BB, 1.38 WHIP, .593 Opp OPS, 0.23 HR/9

Last Start-5/15 at ATL (ND): 5 IP, 101 Pitches, 7 H, 2 R (ER), 3 BB, 6 K

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

All-Time vs RAYS-Has not ever faced RAYS
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher-No RAYS batters has ever faced Johnson
[ESPN.com]

Miscellaneous-Johnson is 2-2 with a 3.74 ERA on the road this season...He is holding right-handed batters to a .150 average...The right hander is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three May starts...Last time out he threw 101 pitches, his highest count of the season, despite going just five innings...He left with a 5-2 lead, however the Braves rallied to force a no-decision...Johnson has struck out 16 in 17.1 innings since moving into the rotation.

RAYS-RH Doug Waechter (0-2, 7.04):

Scouting Report-Waechter missed a turn due to the off day Monday when the Rays opted to plug in staff ace Scott Kazmir Tuesday so he would not wait six days to pitch. In his last start, Waechter allowed seven runs on 11 hits against the Mariners May 9. Waechter is 0-1 with a 5.87 ERA in one career appearance against the Marlins.
[DevilRays.com]

This Season-30.2 IP, 7/6 G/S, 0-2, 7.04 ERA, 14:12 K/BB, 1.60 WHIP, .822 Opp OPS, 1.17 HR/9

Career-293.1 IP, 56/50 G/GS, 13-23, 5.58 ERA, 166:98 K/BB, 1.44 WHIP, .830 Opp OPS, 1.75 HR/9

Last Start-5/9 at SEA (L): 7 IP, 98 pitches, 11 H, 7 R (ER), 2 BB, 1 K, HR

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

All-Time vs FLA-7.2 IP, 1/1 G/GS, 0-1, 5.87 ERA, 4:3 K:BB, 1.57 WHIP, .290 Opp AVG, 0 HR/9
[Yahoo Sports]

Batter v Pitcher:
Miguel Cabrera-1 for 4, 2B, 2 K
[ESPN.com]

Miscellaneous-Waechter has gone more than six innings just twice this season...Florida is one of two clubs (St. Louis being the other) that Waechter has faced without allowing a home run...Though he has never faced Johnson, Russell Branyan is 10 for 24 with three doubles, three home runs, two walks, and eight RBIs against the Marlins...Waechter did not make his scheduled start last time out on Tuesday because the Rays had an off day on Tuesday and wanted to keep Scott Kazmir on a regular five day pitching schedule.

Game Notes-Reggie Abercrombie holds an 11 games hitting streak going into today for the Marlins, matching Hanley Ramirez for the longest hitting streak by a Marlins this season...Ramirez, meanwhile, did not play last night, and his status for today is unclear, although it is likely he will make a start tomorrow...Aubrey Huff is a graduate of the University of Miami.

Upcoming Games

Tomorrow-vs Florida, 1:15 (Kazmir)

Monday-at Toronto, 4:07 (McClung)

Tuesday-at Toronto, 7:07 (Hendrickson)

Gameday Tune-Take on Me

GUYS, I GOTTA HAVE MORE COWBELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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