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Rays rail: Don Zimmer "second luckiest"

Rays vs. Orioles

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 (10-11, 3.10 in 2012)

Orioles: LH Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)

Watch for …

Stepping up: Hellickson had the league's sixth-best ERA last season and won a Gold Glove, but he's hoping to go deeper into games and log more than the 177 innings he threw. Hellickson is 6-3 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 career appearances (10 starts) against Baltimore.

Leaning left: Chen was the Orioles' most dependable starter last season as a rookie but faded down the stretch. He is 1-3 with a 2.97 ERA in five starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Chen

Desmond Jennings 0-for-12

Ben Zobrist 7-for-15, HR

Sam Fuld 3-for-8

O's vs. Hellickson

Adam Jones 9-for-28, 3 HRs

Chris Davis 5-for-15

Matt Wieters 4-for-18

On deck

Thursday: vs. Orioles, 3:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53); Orioles — Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25)

Friday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (11-11, 3.81); Indians — Zach McAllister (6-8, 4.24)

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03); Indians — TBD

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (0-0, 3.00); Indians — Justin Masterson (11-15, 4.93)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"You know, Lou Gehrig said, 'I'm the luckiest man in the world.' Well, if he's the luckiest man in the world, I'm the second luckiest."

Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, who is entering his 65th season in pro baseball

Photo of the day

Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, in his 54th opening day, poses with 3B Evan Longoria's girlfriend Jaime Edmondson and the couple's baby daughter, Elle, who went to her first opener.

Number of the day

8-8

Rays record in season openers

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