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The Rays turn to Jeremy Hellickson tonight as they seek to win for the fifth time in six games.

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The Rays turn to Jeremy Hellickson tonight as they seek to win for the fifth time in six games.

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UPDATE, 7:03: Maddon said he implored Kiermaier to be honest about he felt so they wouldn;t have to take him out of the game and he said he was fine. He said he wanted to give Escobar a day off, and wanted to do so with a flyball pitcher like Hellickson on the mound. And he said there were some RH hitters he liked against Tepesch.

UPDATE, 5:40: OF Kevin Kiermaier said the sore lower back that forced him out of Monday's game felt much better today and after taking some swings and going through range of motion drills he was cleared to return to the lineup. SS Yunel Escobar, however, is not starting tonight.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist ss
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Rodriguez dh
Forsythe 2b
Molina c
Kiermaier rf
Hellickson p

Rangers lineup:
Choo rf
Andrus ss
Carp 1b
Beltre 3b
Adduci lf
Arencibia dh
Martin cf
Soto c
Odor 2b
Tepesch p

DEVELOPING: After an impressive outing for LHP Drew Smyly on Monday, the Rays turn to Jeremy Hellickson tonight as they seek to win for the fifth time in six games.

Hellickson will be opposed by RHP Nick Tepesch.

The Rays have tied a club record by allowing three or fewer runs in seven straight games, as well as 15 straight road games.

Lineups when available.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2014 7:05pm]

    

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