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Rays: Martinez helps halt crash; Molina stolen base 'king'

Rays vs. Blue Jays

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

On Hellickson: Worked six innings to beat Boston on Wednesday, hasn't allowed a walk in a club-record-tying four straight starts. Is 3-2, 3.04 in eight starts vs. Jays.

On Rogers: Former Rockie/Indian has excelled since late-May move into rotation, 2-0, 1.71 in four starts. Is 1-0, 3.60 in seven relief appearances vs. Rays.

Key matchups

Rays VS. ROGERS

D. Jennings 1-for-4, HR

Kelly Johnson 1-for-6

James Loney 5-for-18, HR

Jays VS. HELLICKSON

Jose Bautista 7-for-15, 2 HRs

E. Encarnacion 6-for-23, HR

Adam Lind 5-for-15

On deck

Tuesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (9-3, 4.13); Jays — Mark Buehrle (4-4, 4.60)

Wednesday: Blue Jays, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (4-8, 5.14); Jays — R.A. Dickey (6-8, 5.15)

Thursday: Off

Rays disabled list

• RHP Alex Cobb, concussion, 7-day, eligible June 23

• 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

• LHP David Price, triceps strain, 15-day, eligible May 31

Close call

Bench coach Dave Martinez made one of his most important calls of the year as the team bus narrowly avoided an accident en route to the hotel after Friday's game. As the bus changed lanes while rounding a highway curve, Martinez noticed a car stopped ahead in the right lane. "We're coming up on it pretty good, so I screamed, 'Watch out! Slow down!' The driver (who is seated lower than the passengers) never saw it," Martinez said. "He stopped that bus, I kid you not, we weren't 3 feet from the car. The driver told me (that) a few more seconds, there was no way he could have stopped and we would have hit that car at 40 mph."

Merchandise tip of the day

The Rays expect to have Wil Myers T-shirts available at the Trop today and No. 9 jerseys by Tuesday.

Numbers of the day

2

Stolen bases by C Jose Molina

1

Stolen base by Sean Rodriguez

0

Stolen bases by Yunel Escobar, Jose Lobaton, Evan Longoria, Luke Scott

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (5-3, 5.50)

BLUE JAYS: RH Esmil Rogers (3-2, 3.14)

9

Rays: Martinez helps halt crash; Molina stolen base 'king' 06/23/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 23, 2013 11:16pm]
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