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Rays post-break pitching: Hellickson, Price, Shields

The Rays set their pitching rotation for after the All-Star break, and they will square off against the Red Sox with Jeremy Hellickson, David Price and James Shields.

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Alex Cobb and Matt Moore will pitch the first two of the ensuing four-game series against the Indians.

Manager Joe Maddon said they set it up that way for several reasons:

* To give Shields, who pitches today, and Price, who is expected to work one inning in Tuesday's All-Star Game, some extra rest.

* To split up Hellickson and Cobb, who have similar pitching styles and repertoires.

* To split up the two lefties, Price and Moore.

Maddon also said RHP Jeff Niemann, who is eligible to come off the DL July 14, is still a ways off from returning from a broken leg.

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 12:39am]

    

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