Rays at Mariners
When/where: 3:40 today; Safeco Field, Seattle
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM
Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-7. 3.52)
M'S: RH Felix Hernandez (10-5, 2.74)
On Hellickson: Got a win despite an unimpressive five-inning outing Friday in Minnesota. Has not made it through seven innings in his past 11 starts, 17 of 21 overall. Is 3-0, 0.92 in four starts vs. M's, allowing .189 average.
On Hernandez: King Felix is having another good season for a bad team, 6-0, 1.73 in his past 10 starts (though he couldn't hold a five-run lead in his last outing vs. the Angels). Is 3-2, 2.28 in nine (all quality) starts vs. Rays, 3-0, 1.40 at Safeco Field.
Rays VS. HERNANDEZ
M'S VS. HELLICKSON
Miguel Olivo2-for-9, HR
Thursday: at Angels, 10:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (15-4, 2.50); Angels — Dan Haren (8-9, 4.68)
Friday: at Angels, 10:05 p.m., Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (10-7, 4.02); Angels — Jered Weaver (15-2, 2.22)
Saturday: at Angels, 9:30, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (7-8, 4.08); Angels — C.J. Wilson (9-9, 3.32)
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Catcher quotes of the day
"That took a lot out of him, but I'm sure he went back and regenerated whatever he lost."
Manager Joe Maddon, on Rays C Jose Molina "recovering" from his Monday stolen base.
"He's kind of like the The Big Lebowski kind of guy; he's got that in him."
Maddon, on ex-Rays/current Mariners C John Jaso's laid-back personality.
AL race for wild cards
Team W L Pct. GB
Tampa Bay 63 52 .548—*
Baltimore 63 53 .543—
Oakland 61 54 .530 1.5
Detroit 62 55 .530 1.5
Los Angeles 60 56 .517 3*
* Late game not included
Number of the day
Most consecutive games won in Rays history, June 9-22, 2004