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Tampa Bay Rays: Jeremy Hellickson goes all white? James Shields' horse connection

Rays at Marlins

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Marlins Park, Miami

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

Probable pitchers

Rays:

RH Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.69)

Marlins:

RH Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35)

On Hellickson: He has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 11 starts this year. He has never faced the Marlins. He is 1-0, 4.68 on the road this season.

On Nolasco: He has won two of his past three starts. He is 2-3 with an 8.51 ERA in five starts against the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Nolasco

Carlos Peña4-for-8, 2 HRs

B.J. Upton 1-for-10

Ben Zobrist 4-for-5

On deck

Saturday: at Marlins, 7:15, Ch. 13. Rays — Matt Moore (2-5, 4.45); Marlins — Carlos Zambrano (4-3, 2.81)

Sunday: at Marlins, 1:10, Sun Sports, FSN. Rays — James Shields (6-4, 4.27); Marlins — Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 60-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder strain, 60-day

INF Jeff Keppinger, right toe fracture, 15-day

3B Evan Longoria, left hamstring tear, 15-day

RHP Jeff Niemann, right leg fracture, 60-day

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Wardrobe of the day

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, flying ahead of the team Thursday due to tonight's start in Miami, said he wasn't sure if he would don the all-white wardrobe — as his teammates will — for his commercial flight. "I don't know if I can do it by myself," Hellickson said, smiling. "I don't know if I can handle all the looks." Manager Joe Maddon joked how Hellickson, who lacks a tan, would look in all white: "He may disappear, actually."

Did you know?

The uncle of RHP James Shields, right, Jim Jimenez, is the farrier (provides hoof and foot care) for Triple Crown candidate I'll Have Another. Shields said it has been a whirlwind for Jimenez, whom he saw this week in New York: "It's like their World Series."



Number of the day

12

Consecutive games without recording 10 hits by the Rays until Thursday

Tampa Bay Rays: Jeremy Hellickson goes all white? James Shields' horse connection 06/07/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 7, 2012 11:28pm]
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