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Rays: Myers waiting for first (real) walkoff homer

Rays at D'backs

When/where: 9:40 tonight; Chase Field, Phoenix

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-4, 4.60)

D'backs: LH Wade Miley (8-8, 3.68)

On Hellickson: Coming off rough outing vs. D'backs (and Miley), lasting only 41/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits. Had won six straight before that. Is 1-4, 6.60 in eight interleague starts.

On Miley: The 26-year-old 2012 All-Star went 4-1, 1.59 in six July starts, allowing only a .211 average. Was sharp at the Trop Wednesday, allowing two hits over 61/3 innings.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Miley

James Loney 1-for-5

Ryan Roberts 0-for-3

Ben Zobrist 1-for-3

D'backs vs. Hellickson

Eric Chavez 1-for-7, HR

Jason Kubel 4-for-8, 2 HRs

Cody Ross 4-for-9

On deck

Wednesday: at D'backs, 9:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-4, 2.65); D'backs — RH Randall Delgado (4-3, 3.17)

Quote of the day

"Yes … and no."

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on whether he was excited to get to start, and thus hit, twice on this road trip. He is 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in previous attempts.

Walk this way

Rookie OF Wil Myers' 10th-inning game-winning single Saturday was the second walkoff hit of his pro career, having delivered in a similar situation while in the minors in 2011. But he has never hit a walkoff homer, not at any level in the minors, in school or youth leagues. Well, not a real one anyway. "I hit one that put us up by 10 for a 10-run rule at one time," Myers said. "But it was an inside-the-parker. And I was like 8. So I don't count that one."

Stats of the day

89.0

Chances of Rays making the playoffs according to coolstandings.com, which does daily computer projections of the season

.218

Batting average allowed by Rays relievers, best in the AL

Rays: Myers waiting for first (real) walkoff homer 08/05/13 [Last modified: Monday, August 5, 2013 11:16pm]

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