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.
Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-11, 3.10 in 2012)
Orioles: LH Wei-Yin Chen (12-11, 4.02)
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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.
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
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
Rays record in season openers