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Tampa Bay Rays: Hellickson's four-strikeout inning; Leyland praises Rays

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight, Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH James Shields (11-10, 3.05)

Jays

RH Henderson Alvarez (0-1, 4.32)

Watch for ...

Looking for better: Shields is coming off a rough start, having allowed seven runs and 12 hits over 71/3 innings in a no-decision against Seattle. He has fared well against the Jays this year, going 2-0 with a 0.55 ERA in two starts (one run over 161/3 innings).

Young gun: Alvarez, 21, one of the Jays' top pitching prospects, will be making his fourth big-league start since making the jump from Double A. The hard-throwing Venezuelan gave up just one run over six innings his last time out, a loss to Oakland.

Key matchups

Jays vs. Shields

Adam Lind 11-for-39, 5 HRs

Jose Bautista 6-for-18, 2 HRs

Mark Teahen 10-for-29, 2 HRs

On deck

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:07. Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (8-5, 3.41); Jays — Luis Perez (3-2, 3.26)

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (11-11, 3.53); Jays — Brandon Morrow (9-8, 4.65)

Monday: at Blue Jays, 7:07. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.28); Jays — Ricky Romero (12-9, 2.73)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Feat of the day

RHP Jeremy Hellickson became the first Ray to record four strikeouts in one inning. In the third, he got leadoff man Austin Jackson swinging. But the ball got away from C Kelly Shoppach, allowing Jackson to reach on a wild pitch. Hellickson then struck out Ramon Santiago, Delmon Young and Victor Martinez swinging. (Shoppach caught Young's foul tip.) "It's pretty cool," Hellickson said. "But I would have liked to do it in a win."

Quote of the day

"They're fighting their (butt) off. They've got a lot of games left with Boston, and they've had some success. These guys are a long way from being out of this thing. This is a damn good team."

Jim Leyland, Tigers manager on the Rays' chances of making the playoffs

Record of the day

1-6 The Rays' against the Tigers in 2011, their worst for a season against an American League since 1-6 against the White Sox in 2007

Tampa Bay Rays: Hellickson's four-strikeout inning; Leyland praises Rays 08/25/11 [Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 7:42pm]
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