How unlikely was it that normally staid and mild-mannered RHP Jeremy Hellickson was ejected from Sunday's game? "A million-to-one. Maybe two," manager Joe Maddon said. "I'd be a very rich guy right now." Maddon joked about how Hellickson is "consistently chirping from the dugout" and "is one of the more vociferous players on our team." In reality, what could Hellickson have done to get ejected? "I have no idea. I didn't hear it. I thought it was his facial expression that got him kicked out," Maddon said. "He might have went from poker face to, what? Sleepy face."
Hellickson said he had never been thrown out of a baseball game, but he admitted to getting a few technicals for disagreeing with foul calls during his high school basketball days in Iowa. "In the game it happens," he said.
Next game: Tuesday, at Kansas City, 8:10, Sun Sports.
Probable pitchers: Rays — RHP Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82); Royals — RHP James Shields (1-2, 3.09)
Wednesday: at Royals, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.31); Royals — RH Luis Mendoza (0-1, 5.14)
Thursday: at Royals, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (1-4. 5.28); Royals — RH Ervin Santana (2-1, 2.48)
Friday: at Rockies, 8:40, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (5-0, 1.13); Rockies — LH Jeff Francis (1-2, 7.29)
Saturday: at Rockies, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (1-2, 5.21); Rockies — RH Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65)
Sunday: at Rockies, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-1, 1.82); Rockies — RH Tyler Chatwood (0-0, 6.00)
Rays disabled list
RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season
RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September
DH Luke Scott, calf strain, 15-day, eligible April 8.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer