Rays at Tigers
When/where: 1:08 today; Comerica Park, Detroit
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Rays: RH Roberto Hernandez (2-5, 4.87)
TIGERS: RH Max Scherzer (7-0, 3.42)
On Hernandez: Is coming off his best start as a Ray, falling one out shy of a one-run complete game in Miami, allowing three hits and striking out five. Is 8-6, 4.03 in 20 career appearances (17 starts) against the Tigers.
On Scherzer: Is off to an impressive start, giving up three earned runs or fewer in five of his past seven starts. Is 1-2, 3.04 in four career starts against Tampa Bay.
Rays VS. SCHERZER
Matt Joyce 2-for-10, HR
Ben Zobrist 0-for-10
Yunel Escobar 11-for-26, HR
TIGERS VS. HERNANDEZ
Miguel Cabrera 12-for-36, 3 HRs
Alex Avila 5-for-12
Torii Hunter 5-for-35
Friday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (0-1, 11.25); Orioles — RH Jason Hammel (7-3, 5.43)
Saturday: vs. Orioles, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Jeremy Hellickson (3-2, 5.59); Orioles — RH Kevin Gausman (0-2, 7.20)
Sunday: vs. Orioles, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — LH Matt Moore (8-1, 2.95); Orioles — RH Chris Tillman (5-2, 3.97)
Rays disabled list
• RHP Brandon Gomes, right lat strain, 15-day, eligible May 22
• RHP Jeff Niemann, shoulder surgery, 60-day, out for season
• RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo, elbow surgery, 60-day, out until September
• LHP David Price, left triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31
Joe Smith, Times staff writer
When RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right, threw a bullpen session at Comerica Park last year, he ended up in the hospital after getting struck in the head by a batting practice homer from ex-Ray Delmon Young. So on Wednesday, Hellickson made sure to throw before anyone hit. "I'm not going to take any chances," he quipped.
Compliment of the day
"He's getting better and better, that's unbelievable. If he's able to stay healthy, he'll be able to put up some excellent numbers."
Tigers 3B Miguel Cabrera, the reigning AL MVP, on Rays 3B Evan Longoria.
Number of the day
.299 Rays batting average with runners in scoring position, heading into Wednesday's game, best in the American League and second in the majors to the Cardinals (.339).