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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Hellickson gun shy, All-Star voting begins at Trop, triple threat

Rays vs. Mariners

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: RH Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.84)

Mariners: RH Felix Hernandez (2-1, 2.48)

On Hellickson: He has won his past two starts, including giving up one run over six innings against the Angels. He has dominated the M's, going 3-0 with a 0.81 ERA in three career starts (two runs in 22⅓ innings).

On Hernandez: He is coming off a strong performance against the Tigers, allowing one run over seven innings in a win. The 2010 AL Cy Young winner is 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hernandez

Carlos Peña 0-for-11

Evan Longoria 5-for-14

B.J. Upton 2-for-22

M's vs. Hellickson

Ichiro Suzuki 1-for-10

Dustin Ackley 1-for-6

Miguel Olivo 1-for-6

On deck

Tuesday: vs Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (0-1, 4.68); Mariners — Hector Noesi (1-2, 8.83)

Wednesday: vs Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (4-0, 3.31); Mariners — Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.60)

Rays disabled list

C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day

OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day

C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Heads-up Hellickson

RHP Jeremy Hellickson, right, admitted being a little "gun-shy" when throwing his bullpen session Friday during Rangers batting practice, considering he was hit in the head a few weeks ago by a Delmon Young BP homer. "I told (pitching coach Jim) Hickey I wanted to be out there before BP, and he said, 'They can't hit it that far,' " Hellickson said. "I said, 'Have you seen that lineup?' I think they can hit it that far."

Ballot of the day

Tonight marks the beginning of All-Star Game voting at Tropicana Field. The Rays will continue their ballot contest, as each night fans who enter at least 100 ballots have the opportunity to win prizes such as tickets and memorabilia.

Number of the day

21 Triples for Ben Zobrist, below, tying him for third on the club's all-time list with Akinori Iwamura.

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Hellickson gun shy, All-Star voting begins at Trop, triple threat 04/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012 12:40am]
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