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For starters: Rays at Jays, at end of the road

Jeremy Hellickson, who has had quite a bit of trouble holding leads, will be on the mound for the Rays against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

Jeremy Hellickson, who has had quite a bit of trouble holding leads, will be on the mound for the Rays against Toronto's Mark Buehrle.

UPDATE, 3:34: Longoria said Maddon and bench coach Dave Martinez suggested the DH idea and given that they were playing on turf here and are off tomorrow he agreed. ... Maddon said Molina essentially talked his way into the lineup, that he was "very convincing that he was healthier.'' .. Maddon said Joyce definitely should be available as a pinch-hitter tonight.

Jays lineup:
Gose lf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Lind 1b
Arencibia c
Lawrie 3b
Rasmus cf
Izturis 2b
Kawasaki ss
Buehrle p

UPDATE, 2:18: Jose Molina is back in the Rays lineup for the first time sincel leaving Saturday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. Also, as planned, Evan Longoria is getting a DH today, allowing for extra rest with Thursday's off-day. OF Matt Joyce said his tight right hamstring feels better and he could be available to pinch-hit today and expects to play Friday.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Roberts 3b
Zobrist 2b
Longoria dh
Loney 1b
Rodriguez rf
Johnson lf
Molina c
Escobar ss
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING:The Rays have a late afternoon date with the Jays today, and the chance to wrap up their roadtrip at 5-1.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who has had quite a bit of trouble holding leads, will be on the mound for the Rays facingJays LHP Mark Buehrle, the same one who in 2009 with the White Sox threw a perfect game against them.

Two health questions are lingering, whether C Jose Molina, who left Saturday's game with left hamstring tightness will be back in the lineup or if he gets two more days to recover, and whether OF Matt Joyce, who left Tuesday's game with right hamstring tightness is available.

Lineups shortly.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:40pm]

    

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