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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Jeremy Hellickson tries to make start a gift, Joe Maddon chats up locals, Rays batter CC Sabathia

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 4:10 today; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Ch. 13; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers:

Rays

RH Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.05)

Yankees

RH Phil Hughes (2-4, 7.11)

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Jeremy the kid: Hellickson is coming off a solid start vs. Kansas City and seems to have addressed the frequent homers he had been allowing. He is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in four games vs. the Yankees.

Getting their Phil: Hughes worked in relief Sunday in Boston, so he had his next start delayed until today. He had been pitching well. He is 3-3 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 appearances (five starts) vs. the Rays.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Hughes

Matt Joyce 3-for-8, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 3-for-10

B.J. Upton 3-for-12

Yanks vs. Hellickson

Robinson Cano 2-for-5

Brett Gardner 2-for-5

Derek Jeter 1-for-6

On deck

Sunday: at Yankees, 1:05. Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (11-9, 2.80); Yankees — Freddy Garcia (10-7, 3.16)

Monday: Off

Tuesday: at Red Sox, 1:05 and 7:10. Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.60) and Jeff Niemann (7-4, 3.43); Red Sox — TBA

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 1:35. Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (9-10, 3.89); Red Sox — TBA

Thursday: Off

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Birthday gift for dad

RHP Jeremy Hellickson has a chance today to give his father, Steve, a memorable 50th birthday present today: a win over his previous favorite team, the Yankees. "I'm going to try," Jeremy said. Steve and three buddies came from their Des Moines, Iowa, home to New York for the weekend, making his first visit to Yankee Stadium (old or new) and getting a chance to see Jeremy pitch.

Celeb moment of the day

Manager Joe Maddon popped out of the dugout to say hello to former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. They'd talked a few times before, plus they have something in common: Maddon went to high school in Hazleton, Pa., with Giuliani's wife, the former Judith Stish. "We're absolutely good on the past," Maddon said.

Number of the day

5

Rays homers Friday, most in a game by Tampa Bay this season; homers allowed by Yankees starter CC Sabathia, most allowed in a game in his career

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Jeremy Hellickson tries to make start a gift, Joe Maddon chats up locals, Rays batter CC Sabathia 08/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 10:16pm]
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