Rays Report

Rays: Hellickson won't get beaned again

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 1:08 today; Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Probable pitchers

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.

Key matchups

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

On deck

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

Thinking ahead

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).

Rays: Hellickson won't get beaned again 06/05/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 11:30pm]

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