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UPDATE, 11:53: The Rays optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery before the game to give him more work during the All-Star break. Hellickson is scheduled to start tomorrow for the Biscuits.

Hellickson is still working his way back from January elbow surgery. He threw 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in his season debut, giving up six hits and one run.

Hellickson said he "wasn't opposed" to the move. Because of the All-Star break and two off days next week, the Rays don't need their fifth starter until July 29. Hellickson said the plan is for him to make one start for Montgomery and another start for the Class A Stone Crabs before rejoining the Rays during their next homestand, which begins July 25.

The Rays activated LHP Jake McGee from the paternity list, prompting Hellickson's move. The roster move also suggests a vote of confidence in the health of today's starter, David Price. Hellickson was the backup plan if Price was still suffering lingering effects of his illness, and another backup plan (starter-turned-reliever LHP Erik Bedard) threw a relief inning Saturday night.

CF Desmond Jennings (bruised knee) and C Ryan Hanigan aren't in today's lineup as they recover from soreness. Jennings said he's fine and that he'll be ready to go after the All-Star break.

"I'm straight," Jennings said.

Today's Rays lineup:

Kiermaier CF

Zobrist RF

Joyce DH

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Guyer LF

Escobar SS

Molina C

Forsythe 2B

Price LHP



DEVELOPING: The Rays will play their final game before the All-Starr break with today's 1:40 matchup with the Blue Jays.

LHP David Price (8-7, 3.48) is scheduled to start for the Rays after being bumped back a day because of illness. Toronto will start knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey (7-8, 3.86).

The Rays are coming off of a 10-run explosion Saturday night. The Rays have 20 consecutive unbeaten series against the Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

The team could also make a roster move today, with LHP Jake McGee expected to be activated from the paternity list.

Lineups and more when we get them.

[Last modified: Sunday, July 13, 2014 12:01pm]


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