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For starters, Rays vs. Marlins, on an 8-game skid

The Rays have ace David Price on the mound tonight, pitching for the first time since the eventful weekend in Boston which featured him hitting two batters and then getting in an exchange of words with David Ortiz.

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The Rays have ace David Price on the mound tonight, pitching for the first time since the eventful weekend in Boston which featured him hitting two batters and then getting in an exchange of words with David Ortiz.

UPDATE, 5:42: With a blue cast covering his injured right wrist, OF Wil Myers said he's disappointed to be sidelined with the first baseball-related injury of his career. He's expected to wear the cast for about five weeks and then will be reevaluated. One positive, Myers said, is that it'll give time for his sore left wrist to recover.

"Just one of those years that's tough to go through," Myers said.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) threw about 30 pitches in an afternoon bullpen session. He said he feels better now than he did last season.

The next step in his recovery is a rehab start scheduled Saturday for the Stone Crabs in Tampa against the Yankees' Class A team.

"Still a few weeks away, but I’m feeling really good," Hellickson said.

 

UPDATE, 3:26: Rays lineup looks like this:
DeJesus dh,
Zobrist 2b,
Longoria 3b,
Loney 1b,
Jennings cf,
Joyce lf,
Escobar ss,
Kiermaier rf,
Molina c,
Price p

And the Marlins:
Johnson lf
Lucas 3b
Stanton rf
McGehee dh
Oxuna cf
Baker 1b
Solano 2b
Mathis c
Hechavarria ss
Koehler p

DEVELOPING: Having lost all eight games on what officially was the worst road trip in franchise history, the Rays are back at the Trop tonight hoping a change of scenery leads to a chance in results.

Tonight's game is the first in a stretch where the Rays play 18 of 21 at home, and arguably is a crucial juncture if they are to turn around their season.

The eight-game losing streak is their longest since Sept. 2009, and has featured what essentially has been a team effort as they have lost games for myriad reasons.

The Rays do have ace David Price on the mound tonight, pitching for the first time since the eventful weekend in Boston which featured him hitting two batters and then getting in an exchange of words with David Ortiz that continued on Tuesday.

Lineups when available.

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 5:48pm]

    

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