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June

Update 5:47 p.m. 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) reiterated that he didn't have a big setback in his injury, is not "back to square one," and is actually encouraged with how he's feeling.

Though there's no timetable for Longoria's return, and he hasn't resumed baseball activities yet, he said his hamstring feels better than it ever has in the rehab process, and he was just being smart by slowing it down before it got worse. Longoria said he'll still have to do the same types of drills - hitting batting practice, fielding ground balls and running the bases - before starting another rehab assignment.

*RHP Jeremy Hellickson (right shoulder fatigue) said he's ready to make Saturday's start, that he's "100 percent," and that the two-week break will be beneficial in the long run.

*OF Sam Fuld (right wrist surgery) went through his first batting practice session Friday, saying he's encouraged with his progress and could start a rehab assignment before the All-Star break. Fuld said he'll likely go with the team to Cleveland next weekend, where his hand specialist is located, and then go to a minor league stint from there. Manager Joe Maddon said it'd probably take a maximum stint, 20 days.

Update 5:45 p.m. Here's the Rays lineup, with manager Joe Maddon saying he wanted to get INF Will Rhymes a start (a reason why Sean Rodriguez isn't in the lineup for second straight day).


Rays lineup
Jennings lf
Pena 1b
Upton cf
Scott dh
Zobrist rf
Conrad 3b
Molina c
Johnson ss
Rhymes 2b
PRice lhp

Developing: The Rays will try to snap a four-game losing streak tonight at Tropicana Field in another game with the Tigers.

There is going to be a great pitching matchup, with Rays LHP David Price - who is tied for the AL-lead in wins (10) - and Tigers RHP Justin Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP.

The Rays offense has continued to struggle in June, batting a league-low .222. Tampa Bay has hit just 13 homers this month, one less than the Blue Jays Jose Bautista.

The Rays made it official last night, that RHP Jeremy Hellickson will start Saturday, coming off the disabled list after missing two starts with shoulder fatigue.

Don't forget, tonight is the much anticipated "Zim Bear" giveaway to the first 10,000 fans.

Lineups, and more, to come

 

[Last modified: Sunday, July 29, 2012 12:39am]

    

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