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Rays: Video game competition resumes

Rays at Orioles

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Camden Yards, Baltimore

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-6, 4.91)

ORIOLES: LH Wei-Yin Chen (6-6, 3.23)

On Hellickson: Hasn't won since July 26, going 0-3, 8.00 in his past four starts, and has gotten through five innings only once. Is 8-3, 3.09 overall vs. O's; 3-1, 4.50 at Camden Yards.

On Chen: Is 3-3, 3.42 in seven starts since a two-month DL stint due to an oblique strain. Is 1-3 in six starts vs. Rays, but has a 3.00 ERA. O's are 2-4 in those games.

Key matchups


Desmond Jennings 2-for-15

Evan Longoria 2-for-7

Ben Zobrist 8-for-18, HR


Chris Davis 10-for-24, HR

Ad. Jones 12-for-38, 3 HRs

N. Markakis 8-for-35, 2 HRs

On deck

Thursday: Off

Friday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Chris Archer (6-5, 2.95); Yankees — RH Hiroki Kuroda (11-8, 2.41)

Saturday: vs. Yankees, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — LH David Price (7-5, 3.29); Yankees — LH CC Sabathia (11-10, 4.83)

Sunday: vs. Yankees, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (8-2, 2.85); Yankees — RH Ivan Nova (7-4, 3.17)

Monday: at Royals, 2:10, no TV. Rays — TBA; Royals — RH Jeremy Guthrie (12-9, 4.15)

AL East standings

Team W-L Win% GB

Red Sox 74-53 .583—*

Rays 72-52 .581 .5

Orioles 67-58 .536 6

Yankees 66-59 .528 7

Blue Jays 57-69 .452 16.5

AL wild card

Team W-L Win% GB

Rays 72-52 .581

A's 71-53 .573—*

Orioles 67-58 .536 4.5

Indians 67-58 .536 4.5*

Yankees 66-59 .528 5.5

* Late game not included

Game boys

Having RHP Alex Cobb back in the rotation and LHP Matt Moore traveling while on the DL allowed for the resumption of the NHL 13 video game competition among the starters. Those two plus David Price gathered Sunday night and again Monday in Jeremy Hellickson's hotel room — and he even picked up the room service tab for snacks one night. "We finally remembered the Xbox on the trip and we've got everyone here," Hellickson said. "So we were all in there the last few nights battling it out. Everybody's beating everybody."

'Close' teammates

When LHP David Price came into the clubhouse between innings Monday to change out of his sweat-soaked jersey, he also grabbed a Nike blue camo undershirt from Matt Moore's locker — without much thought that he wears an XL and Moore an L. "It came up on him more like a belly shirt, and he said it was ripping on him when he was throwing," Moore said. "It got him out of some jams; hopefully it didn't get him into jams."

Rays: Video game competition resumes 08/20/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:59pm]
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