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Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Florida Marlins: Family Fun Day & Citrus Series Finale

The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami's Marlins will finish the Citrus Series this afternoon as the Rays don the Columbia Blue jerseys for Family Fun Day. 

James Shields (6-4), coming off his five-hit shut out against Boston, will start for the Rays as Chris Volstad (2-7) tries to rescue the floundering Marlins. Volstad game up eight earned runs in his last appearance at Philly, but has never lost to the Rays. The last time James Shields saw the Marlins he struck out a career high 13 batters in a 4-0 victory on May 22, one of his three shut outs this season.

Game Time: 1:40 PM
Pitching Matchup:  Chris Volstad (6.07 ERA, 4.98 FIP) vs. James Shields (2.60 ERA, 3.44 FIP)
Available On: Sun Sports, Fox Sports Florida, WDAE 620

Though the Rays don't view the series as a rivalry, it's always fun to best the interleague Florida fish. The Rays have won eight of their last twelve and a win today would give the Rays a .500 home record for the first time since May 13. The Marlins are on a 10 game loss streak. Eleven consecutive losses would match their franchise worst.

Family Fun Day Notes

  • From @RaysRepublic, Jeremy Hellickson and Justin Ruggiano are scheduled to sign autographs for kids 14 & under from 12:00-12:30 down the Right Field line. Bring a ball and a pen!
  • As always, Kids can run the bases after the game.
  • And the first 10,000 kids 14 and under will get a B.J. Upton bobble head, thanks to AT&T.
     
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Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.