Monday, February 19, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Hellickson overshadowed in hospital visit

Rays vs. Twins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $10-190, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (8-3, 4.67)

TWINS: RH Kevin Correia (6-6, 4.19)

On Hellickson: Has won his past four starts, pitching to a 1.38 ERA. Is 3-1 with a 4.26 ERA in four career starts against the Twins.

On Correia: Is winless in his past three starts, giving up four runs and 10 hits in a loss to Toronto on Friday. Is 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA in eight road starts this season.

Key matchups

Rays VS. CORREIA

Kelly Johnson 7-for-22, 4 HRs

James Loney 6-for-28, 2 HRs

Yunel Escobar 4-for-8

TWINS VS. HELLICKSON

Ryan Doumit 1-for-2, HR

Joe Mauer 3-for-3

Justin Morneau 0-for-5

On deck

Thursday: vs. Twins, 12:10, no TV. Rays — LH Matt Moore (12-3, 3.42); Twins — RH Mike Pelfrey (4-6, 5.63)

Friday: vs. Astros, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (3-4, 4.18); Astros — TBA

Saturday: vs. Astros, 4:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Roberto Hernandez (4-10, 4.93); Astros — TBA

Sunday: vs. Astros, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (3-3, 3.59); Astros — TBA

Monday-Thursday: All-Star break

Rays disabled list

RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 15-day, eligible July 1

RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22

RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for the season

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Tough act to follow

RHP Jeremy Hellickson always enjoys his visits to All Children's Hospital, saying it makes him feel good to put smiles on the kids' faces during their tough times. But Hellickson wasn't the main attraction Tuesday morning. "I was over there with Raymond (Tuesday), so I didn't get as much attention as I did the last time," Hellickson said with a smile. "He stole (the spotlight)."

Twitter talk of the day

OF Sam Fuld will participate in a Twitter Q&A with the American Diabetes Association today from 2-2:45 p.m. to discuss how he has overcome Type 1 diabetes to become a professional athlete. Fans can tweet Fuld questions and follow along by using the hashtag #SuperSamChat.

Number of the day

9

Consecutive errorless games by the Rays, a streak snapped by RHP Chris Archer's throwing error in the sixth Tuesday, one game shy of matching the club record (10, three times, last July 28 to Aug. 7, 2011)

 
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