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For starters: Rays at Orioles, seeking a sweep

Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound tonight against the Orioles.


Jeremy Hellickson will be on the mound tonight against the Orioles.



UPDATE, 6:21: Maddon said the holdup in setting the rotation is that they are looking at several scenarios going forward through the rest of the season. ... It is clear that Roberto Hernandez won't be starting over the weekend since he is available in the bullpen tonight and could be used if Hellickson struggles. ... Maddon waited on the corner outfield alignment to get more input from others and decided left field was tougher here in Baltimore so put Fuld there and Bourgeois in right. ...  Maddon went heavy righthanded in the lineup because Chen has been much tougher on lefties this year. ... McGee said he is available to pitch tonight and the Rays are hoping that Peralta is. Closer Fernando Rodney may not be, though, as he has worked in 3 straight games and 4 out of 5.

UPDATE, 4:31: The Rays have Wil Myers at DH again tonight, and lefty swingers Matt Joyce, James Loney and Kelly Johnson all on the bench vs. Chen. ... Myers said the DH days are purely Maddon's decision as he feels fine, and his arm the last two days has felt the best it has all year. .. LHP Matt Moore was very encouraged after a 69-pitch bullpen sesson and eager for a simulated game on Saturday. ... The Rays initially posted the lineup without deciding on the corner outfield spots between Fuld and Bourgeois, and then decided to put Fuld in left and Bourgeois in right. ... Though the Rays haven't announced anything, Archer is planning on starting Friday and Price on Saturday, with Cobb expected to follow on Sunday.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist 2b
Longoria 3b
Myers dh
Escobar ss
Rodriguez 1b
Bourgeois rf
Lobaton c
Fuld lf
Hellickson p


DEVELOPING: The AL East-leading Rays are looking to make it a series sweep of the Orioles tonight and will have RHP Jeremy Hellickson on the mound.

The Orioles are starting lefty Wei-Yin Chen.

The Rays won the first two games of the series, neither particularly easily, and moved back atop the AL East, by percentage points when the Red Sox lost at San Francisco late Tuesday.

The Rays are looking for their seventh sweep of a series of at least three games, and 10th overall tonight. Plus they would clinch the season series with the Orioles, which could matter later, and would extend their winning streak at Camden Yards to six straight.

The Rays have yet to announce their rotation for the weekend series, though they are expected to skip RHP Roberto Hernandez and start Chris Archer, David Price and Alex Cobb against the Yankees.

Here is the Orioles lineup:
McLouth lf,
Machado 3b
Davis 1b
Jones cf
Wieters c
Markakis rf
Hardy ss
Roberts 2b
Pearce DH
Chen p

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:21pm]


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