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Teams wear pink for breast cancer awareness

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 03:12 PM
BALTIMORE -

The Rays and Orioles used pink bats, batting gloves, wrist bands and, in the case of DH Johnny Damon, pink spikes Sunday as part of baseball's Mother's Day tradition to promote breast cancer awareness.

"I love the fact that baseball is trying to represent breast cancer, raise a little more awareness about a vicious disease that's obviously turned my life around and affected my family so much," RHP Adam Russell said. "I really appreciate everyone showing their support and wearing pink. Hopefully we'll raise a few eyebrows, raise some money."

Russell's older sister, Tracy Galvin, is battling Stage IV breast cancer. She learned last week that she can come off chemotherapy and begin hormone treatment.

"It's going to do wonders for her mental state and physical (state)," Russell said. "Chemo just really tears you apart. For her to get back on the right foot is going to mean a lot to the family. She's going to be able to do more with her kids now. It's been a good news week."

Damon will auction off his spikes to raise money for Galvin.

"That just shows what kind of a great guy and unbelievable teammate he is," Russell said. "I don't have the words to express how much I appreciate what he's doing."

Davis struggles

RHP Wade Davis walked five in five innings but did earn his fourth win of the season.

"I was a little late with my arm, every now and then I would peel off. Then I'd kind of find it again," Davis said. "I felt strong. My stuff felt really good, but I never got into a rhythm."

It was the second straight game in which a Rays starter walked five in five innings. RHP Jeremy Hellickson did it during Saturday's victory.

"I thought with Hellickson the layoff had something to do with it. With Wade I don't know," manager Joe Maddon said.

Davis' velocity was up, and he was able to throw his fastball by some hitters, but his lack of command forced him to use 100 pitches to get through five innings.

"It was a battle," Davis said.

Delaney up, Guyer down

With RHP Andy Sonnanstine starting Tuesday in Cleveland, the Rays recalled RHP Rob Delaney from Durham to add another arm to the bullpen. OF Brandon Guyer, who homered Friday in his first career at-bat, was sent back to Durham.

"I just tried to make the best of my opportunity and have fun with it," Guyer said. "Getting sent down is only going to motivate me more to get back up."

Maddon said he was not only impressed with the way Guyer handled his major-league debut, but also how he conducted himself during his stay with the Rays in spring training.

"He's definitely going to be back here. He fits our way of playing baseball very well," Maddon said. "I liked him the moment I met him in spring training."

Upton will sit eventually

CF B.J. Upton said Saturday he would serve his two-game suspension Tuesday and Wednesday in Cleveland. But after Sunday's game, Upton said that plan might change.

"I've only heard bits and pieces," Upton said. "I'm assuming one game in Cleveland and the first one when we get home off the road."

A hit for Sam and Reid

LF Sam Fuld's first-inning double was only his third hit in his previous 40 at-bats. His .050 average during that span was the lowest in the majors over that period. SS Reid Brignac's ninth-inning single was only his fourth hit in 35 at-bats.

Noteworthy

Maddon said Sonnanstine will remain a part of the rotation for the foreseeable future … LHP J.P. Howell allowed a hit and struck out a batter during one inning Saturday for Durham. Maddon said Howell's next game will be the first of back-to-back outings … The Rays are averaging 6.1 runs on the road, the most by any AL team. They have yet to score six runs in any home game.

Roger Mooney

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