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For starters, Rays vs. Jays

Jeremy Hellickson will start for Tampa Bay with, veteran knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey going for Toronto.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Jeremy Hellickson will start for Tampa Bay with, veteran knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey going for Toronto.

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Update 5:25 p.m. CF Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup for the fifth straight game due to a sore left knee, and is unsure when he'll return.

Jennings tested the knee by jogging again before today's game, but said it feels the same as it did Friday, when he was a late scratch from the lineup. He said it's been a lingering injury. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings is available to pinch-hit, but they don't want to rush him back and run him into the ground, especially when they have several available, healthy outfielders.

*OF Wil Myers said Monday's three-hit game, a season-high, was an encouraging step forward, and hopes to build off it. Myers said he saw the ball better Monday than he had in a while, and that while this has been the most difficult year of his life, he's planning on building some confidence in the final month.

*RHP Steve Geltz said he appreciated Maddon giving him an opportunity in a big-situation Monday, the day he was called up from Triple-A. Geltz gave up a run, but struck out Mike Napoli to end the inning.

*Bench coach Dave Martinez, linked in reports as a possible candidate for the now vacant Astros managerial job, said he has not been contacted, but would be interested in his first big-league managing job. Martinez interviewed with the Astros a couple years ago before they hired Bo Porter, and believes they're a team that can be really good, really soon.

Rays lineup
Zobrist 2b
Myers rf
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Escobar ss
DeJesus dh
Hanigan c
Kiermaier cf
Hellickson rhp

Jays lineup
Reyes ss
Cabrera lf
Bautista rf
Encarnacion dh
Lind 1b
Valencia 3b
Kawasaki 2b
Pillar cf
Thole c
Dickey rhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off a walk-off win over the Red Sox - just their fourth this season - will open a three-game series with the Blue Jays tonight at Tropicana Field.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson will start for Tampa Bay with, veteran knuckleballer RHP R.A. Dickey going for Toronto.

The Rays (67-71) got some encouraging at-bats from struggling RF Wil Myers in Monday's win, as he tied his season high with three hits. It'll be interesting to see if CF Desmond Jennings, out since Friday with a bruised left knee, returns to the lineup.

The Jays (69-67) are just three games ahead of the Rays for third place in the American League East, so this would be a great opportunity to make up some ground.

Lineups, and more, to come.

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 2, 2014 5:38pm]

    

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