Rays at Indians
When/where: 7:05 tonight; Progressive Field, Cleveland
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Jeremy Hellickson
RH Josh Tomlin
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.
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
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
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.