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Cesar Ramos has been encouraged with his progress, but hopes to get deeper into the game, into the sixth or seventh.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Cesar Ramos has been encouraged with his progress, but hopes to get deeper into the game, into the sixth or seventh.

Update 5:12 p.m. The Rays will field a similar lineup to the one from last night, taking on another righty in Bud Norris.

*C Ryan Hanigan admitted he got beat up pretty good in last night's game, taking a foul tip off the shoulder and hit by a pitch on the hand, but felt fine today and is back behind the plate.

*RHP Jeremy Hellickson (elbow surgery) threw his fourth bullpen session today, under the watchful eye of manager Joe Maddon, saying he felt good. Maddon thought Hellickson threw well, only fastballs and changeups (no curves). Hellickson says it's curveballs that have led to post-pen soreness during rehab.

*RHP Alex Cobb said today was an important day in his recovery, encouraged with how he felt after Tuesday's full-force pen. Cobb said he'll advance to a live BP Thursday or Friday, still targeting a late May return.

*The Rays wanted to let senior advisor Don Zimmer know they're thinking about him while he recovers from heart surgery, so they put a banner hanging from near the press box reading "Zim."

LHP Jake McGee said he's been reallly happy with his velocity, which has already topped 100 miles per hour this early in the season, pointing out he's felt good since spring training. Maddon thinks it's partly due to how he's switched to only throwing a curveball with the fastball, as opposed to a slider in previous seasons.

Rays lineup
zobrist 2b
jennings f
joyce lf
Longoria 3b
loney 1b
Myers rf
DeJesus dh
Escobar ss
hanigan c
Ramos lhp

orioles lineup
Markakis rf
Machado 3b
cruz lf
Jones cf
hardy ss
Young dh
Pearce 1b
schoop 2b
Joseph c
norris rhp

Developing: The Rays, coming off a 5-3 loss to the Orioles last night, will try to bounce back tonight with LHP Cesar Ramos on the mound.

Ramos has been encouraged with his progress, but hopes to get deeper into the game, into the sixth or seventh. RHP Bud Norris will pitch for the Orioles.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson is scheduled to throw another bullpen session today as he works his way back from elbow surgery.

Lineups, and more, to come.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 5:20pm]

    

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