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Tampa Bay Rays: Beaning doesn't affect Jeremy Hellickson's memory; Stephen Vogt finally gets to face Justin Verlander in real life

Rays at Tigers

When/where: 1:05 p.m. today; Comerica Park, Detroit

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

Probable pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeff Niemann (11-7, 4.06 in 2011)

TIGERS: LH Drew Smyly (ML debut)

Watch for …

Season debut: Niemann is the last active Ray to see action, with the blister on his right middle finger just about healed and no restrictions on his workload. He is 1-2, 3.48 in five games vs. the Tigers.

Career debut: Smyly, 22, was a 2010 second-round pick and was Detroit's top minor-league pitcher last year, going 11-6, 2.07 for Class A Lakeland and Double-A Erie with 130 strikeouts in 126 IP.

Key matchups

Rays vs. SMYLY

None have faced.

Tigers vs. Niemann

M. Cabrera 5-for-12, 2 HRs

Jhonny Peralta 5-for-10

Delmon Young 6-for-14, HR

On deck

Friday: at Red Sox, 2:05, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (1-0, 2.84); Red Sox — Josh Beckett (0-1, 13.50)

Saturday: at Red Sox, 4:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-0, 0.00); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (0-0, 15.75)

Sunday: at Red Sox, 1:35, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-0, 2.70); Red Sox — Felix Doubront (0-0, 3.60)

Monday: at Red Sox, 11:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (1-0, 5.54); Red Sox — Daniel Bard (0-1, 9.00)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 15-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 15-day

OF B.J. Upton, lower back soreness, 15-day

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"The concussion questions I probably couldn't have got right on my best day anyway."

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on the battery of questions he was asked after being hit in the head by a ball

Chart of the day

Manager Joe Maddon is one win from 500 with the Rays. His milestones:

Win Date Opponent

1 4-3-06 at Orioles, 2-0

100 7-29-07 vs. Red Sox, 5-2

200 8-14-08 at A's 7-6

300 9-19-09 vs. Jays 4-0

400 9-24-10 vs. Mariners, 5-3

Challenge of the day

Rookie OF/C/DH Stephen Vogt welcomed the challenge of making his first big-league start against Justin Verlander (even though he went 0-for-3). And though it was obviously his first time facing the Tigers ace, Vogt had some familiarity — from playing baseball video games, with some success. "He's pretty good on the video games, too," Vogt said.

Tampa Bay Rays: Beaning doesn't affect Jeremy Hellickson's memory; Stephen Vogt finally gets to face Justin Verlander in real life 04/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 10:08pm]
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