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For starters: Rays at Angels, in a skid

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UPDATE, 8:07: Maddon said they haven't decided on a Wednesday starter, that it likely will be Hernandez (who is in the pen tonight) or Hellickson, with the outside chance of another bullpen day. ... Odorizzi is apparently not at option, though Maddon said he will be called back up. ... Maddon seems confident Myers is close to breaking out of his slump.

UPDATE, 7:01: Angels lineup:
Shuck rf
Aybar ss
Trout lf
Hamilton dh
Calhoun 1b
Conger c
Jimenez 3b
Romine 2b
Bourjos cf
Richards p

UPDATE, 6:31: Hellickson rejoined the team, saying "it sucked" to be sidelined for a week but the time off may have done him good. He didn't really rest much though, saying he took one day off after being optioned to the minors, then played catch at the Trop on Thursday and Friday, threw a bullpen session Saturday and played catch again on Sunday before flying west today. He doesn't know what the team has planned, but said, "I'm ready to go.'' ... LHP Matt Moore said he feels like he has been sidelined for a long time and is very eager to get back on the mound on Tuesday.

UPDATE, 6:26: The Rays lineup includes all three struggling RH hitters, Jennings, Myers and Longoria. Maddon said he thought both Jennings and Myers have looked better in recent days.

Lineup:

DeJesus lf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Loney 1b
Myers rf
Lobaton c
Jennings cf
Escobar ss
Archer p

DEVELOPING: Having been swept out of Oakland and losers of seven of their last eight, the Rays moved down the California coast and are in Anaheim tonight to take on a red-hot Angels team that has won eight of its last nine.

The Rays will send rookie RHP Chris Archer to the mound tonight in hopes he can continue his recent run, which includes a win over the Angels last week at the Trop,

But hitting has been the Rays' problem, as they have scored only 17 runs in those eight games. Right-handed hitters Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria and Wil Myers have all been slumping.

What could help the Rays is that they are facing Garrett Richards, whom they chased in the fourth inning on Wednesday.

The Rays bullpen will be a bit shorthanded tonight after seven relievers were used Sunday in Oakland, though the only one extended heavily was LHP Alex Torres.

Lineups when available.

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, September 2, 2013 8:09pm]

    

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