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Tampa Bay Rays: DH Luke Scott still struggling, more summer concert acts, Rays whiff 16 times

Rays at Indians

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Progressive Field, Cleveland

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson

(4-4, 3.44)

Indians:

RH Josh Tomlin

(4-5, 5.85)

On Hellickson: His bruised right shin, sustained when struck by a liner in his last start, is fine. But he's 0-4 over his past six starts. He has made one start against Cleveland, throwing seven shutout innings May 29, 2011.

On Tomlin: He has allowed at least five earned runs in three of his past four starts, including five on seven hits in a win over Baltimore his last time out. He is 0-1 with a 2.59 ERA in two starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Tomlin

Jose Molina 4-for-5, HR

Sean Rodriguez 2-for-6

Luke Scott 2-for-6, HR

Indians vs. Hellickson

Asdrubal Cabrera 1-for-3

Johnny Damon 1-for-3

Shin-Soo Choo 0-for-2

On deck

Friday: at Indians, 7:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (3-5, 4.94); Indians — Justin Masterson (5-7, 3.92)

Saturday: at Indians, 6:05, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (5-5, 4.17); Indians — TBA

Sunday: at Indians, 1:05, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (8-5, 4.11); Indians — TBA

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Quote of the day

"He's struggling. There's no question. We've got to stay with him, and he'll eventually come out on the bright side. But right now, it's very difficult."

Joe Maddon, Rays manager, top, on DH Luke Scott, who is hitless over his past 36 at-bats, one shy of the longest hitless streak in Rays history (Jose Cruz in 2004)

Number of the day

16

Strikeouts by Rays hitters Wednesday, a record for a nine-inning home game; it's one off the overall record (Aug. 8, 2010, April 8, 2001, May 6, 2000)

Stealing the show

The Rays announced two more acts for their 2012 summer concert series. Pop artist Gavin DeGraw will perform July 21. And teen singer and actor Coco Jones will perform Sept 9.

Tampa Bay Rays: DH Luke Scott still struggling, more summer concert acts, Rays whiff 16 times 07/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:42pm]
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