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For starters, Rays at Tigers, with Price pitching on ESPN

UPDATE, 6:50: Maddon said he wanted S-Rod in the lineup because Porcello is such a heavy ground ball pitcher. ... Maddon said Hellickson is "ready to go" and they would have an announcement after the game as far as the specifics of his return.

UPDATE, 5:56: One surprise in the Rays lineup is that Sean Rodriguez, a right-handed hitter, is in the lineup at DH. .. No word yet from the Rays on the return of RH Jeremy Hellickson, whose 30-day rehab assignment ends tonight:

Rays lineup:

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

Tigers lineup:

Davis lf
Kinsler 2b
Cabrera 1b
J.D. Martinez dh
Hunter rf
Castellanos 3b
Suarez ss
Holaday c
Jackson cf
Porcello p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are at the end of the road on a trip that looked highly dangerous at the start and turned out to be very succesful, with an 8-2 mark going into tonight's nationally televised ESPN Sunday Night Baseball finale against the Tigers.

The Rays will have LHP David Price, the subject of intense trade speculation, on the mound against Tigers RHP Rick Porcello in what could be a matchup of All-Stars.

The All-Star squads will be announced shortly before game time, and both Price and Porcello are considered strong candidates,

The Rays have been winning with a team effort, with INF Logan Forsythe their hottest hitter and an effective bullpen-by-committee.

The Tigers are expected to again be without DH Victor Martinez, who aggravated a side injury earlier in the series.


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