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For starters: Rays vs. Rangers, with Hellickson on hill

Jeremy Hellickson has made two solid starts since his returning from his forced week off, beating the Angels and getting a no-decision vs. the Red Sox.

CHRIS ZUPPA | Times

Jeremy Hellickson has made two solid starts since his returning from his forced week off, beating the Angels and getting a no-decision vs. the Red Sox.

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UPDATE, 5:33: Maddon built the lineup a little differently today, trying to be in better position when the Rangers go early to their bullpen. ... RHP Jess Crain had what Maddon called good soreness the day after facing hitters, but the Rays have not yet decided if he will be activated Wednesday, Maddon saying it was 50-50. ... Maddon said there will be "a ripple" of call-ups after Durham plays in the Triple-A championship game tonight - Tim Beckham, Jake Odorizzi and Jeff Beliveau are most likely candidates. .. Maddon gave Joel Peralta a bottle of wine inscribed "Good happens" to help him get over Sunday's tough loss and says he has full confidence in him; Peralta said he appreciates the support and is ready to get back out there.

Rays lineup:
Zobrist 2b
Myers rf
Loney 1b
Longoria 3b
Joyce dh
Jennings cf
DeJesus lf
Lobaton c
Escobar ss
Hellickson p

Rangers lineup:
Kinsler 2b
Andrus ss
Rios rf
Beltre 3b
Pierzynski c
Berkman dh
Adduci lf
Moreland 1b
Martin cf
Ogando p

DEVELOPING: The Rays took a step forward on Monday in beating the Rangers and will look to make it two straight tonight with Jeremy Hellickson starting.

The win pushed the Rays one game ahead of the Rangers and gave them sole possession of the top wild-card spot. The Rangers are 1/2 game ahead of the Indians for the second, followed by the Orioles, Royals and Yankees.

Hellickson has made two solid starts since his returning from his forced week off, beating the Angels and getting a no-decision vs. the Red Sox.

The Rangers, who have lost seven straight, are starting RHP Alexi Ogando, hoping to get 3-4 innings out of him.

Lineups when available.

 

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 5:40pm]

    

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