For starters: Rays at Jays, rolling on

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UPDATE, 12:01: Maddon said Escobar - sidelined with a tight hamstring - is getting better but it likely will be Monday until he returns to the lineup. Escobar also said he is feeling better but didn't know when he would be back. ... Maddon said he wanted to get Fuld in the lineup, noting he usually hits lefties well. ... He wanted to keep Longoria and Myers together against a lefty and liked the idea of moving Longoria up a slot figuring it wouldn't affect Myers. .... The Rays are 20-8 since Myers was promoted.

UPDATE, 10:36: And Escobar is not in the lineup, getting another day of recovery for tight hamstring.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist ss
Longoria 3b
Myers rf
Roberts 2b
Rodriguez 1b
Scott dh
Molina c
Fuld lf
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING: The Rays resumed play after the All-Star break Friday as they went into it, with a solid performance that led to a win over the Jays.

They are back on the field early today, with a 1:05 matinee, Jeremy Hellickson taking on Mark Buehrle,

Hellickson has been on a roll since the start of June, and said he feels very comfortable pitching at the Rogers Centre.

The big question this morning is the status of SS Yunel Escobar, who sat out Friday with tightness in his right hamstring.

Manager Joe Maddon said that based on how Escobar felt when he walked in today he might be able to DH today, with hopes of returning to the field on Sunday.

The Rays will again be without 1B James Loney, who is expected back for Sunday's game following the birth of his son on Thursday night,

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Saturday, July 20, 2013 12:03pm]

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