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For starters, Rays at Orioles, looking for a split

Jeremy Hellickson, who has been solid in his return from the DL, will be on the mound for the Rays against veteran RHP Bud Norris.

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Jeremy Hellickson, who has been solid in his return from the DL, will be on the mound for the Rays against veteran RHP Bud Norris.

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UPDATE, 6:06: Maddon said to expect 4-5 additions when rosters can be expanded on Monday. C Curt Casali and OF David DeJesus (who has been on the DL) are two, and at least two pitchers are expected, likely relievers. RHP Brandon Gomes would seem likely to be one, with LHP C.J. Riefenhauser a possibility to be the other. The Rays eventually will add at least one other starter, but may wait as Triple-A Durham is in the playoffs. Others may be called up then as well. .... Maddon said he is pleased with the results and the approach that Longoria has been using, and disputed observations by some scouts suggesting he wasn't using his legs or lower half properly.


UPDATE, 3:41:
Rays lineup, with Myers at DH again and Molina catching Hellickson:
Jennings cf,
Zobrist 2b,
Joyce lf,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Myers dh,
Escobar ss,
Molina c,
Kiermaier rf,
Hellickson p

DEVELOPING: After riding another impressive pitching performance from Drew Smyly to a 3-1 win on Wednesday, the Rays are looking for a split of their four-game series and an overall winning road trip as they take on the Orioles tonight.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who has been solid in his return from the DL, will be on the mound for the Rays against veteran RHP Bud Norris.

The Rays are 3-3 thus far, having won two of three in Toronto and lost two of the first three here. They open a 10-game homestand on Friday against the Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles.

Two interesting items from the Rays notes:

* Smyly on Wednesday became the second pitcher in franchise history to post back-to-back starts of seven innings or more while alloing two hits or less, joining RHP Victor Zambrano, who did so in June 2003.

* 3B Evan Longoria has 30 RBIs in 36 games since All-Star break, 3rd most in AL over that span. He had 44 in his first 97 games.

Here is the Orioles lineup, Rays when available.

Markakis rf
Pearce 1b
Jones cf
Cruz lf
Davis 3b
Hardy ss
Clevenger dh
Joseph c
Schoop 2b
Norris p

 

 

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