Rays at Mariners
When/where: 4:10 today; Safeco Field, Seattle
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
RH Jeremy Hellickson (9-7, 3.27)
LH Jason Vargas (6-9, 4.09)
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10-spot: Hellickson got a no-decision in his last start Monday in Oakland, leaving with a lead the bullpen blew, but threw 106 pitches in five innings. He beat the Mariners in Seattle on June 4.
Leaning left: Vargas, who pitched at Long Beach State, has lost his last four, with a 6.86 ERA along the way. He is 1-2, 3.25 in five appearances vs. the Rays, including a complete-game four-hitter June 3.
Rays vs. Vargas
Johnny Damon 1-for-7
Evan Longoria 2-for-9, HR
Ben Zobrist 5-for-14
Mariners vs. Hellickson
Chone Figgins 0-for-2
Justin Smoak 1-for-3
Ichiro Suzuki 0-for-3
Tuesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays —David Price (9-9, 3.76); Jays — Ricky Romero (8-9, 3.08)
Wednesday: Blue Jays, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (9-9, 3.76); Jays — Carlos Villanueva (6-2, 3.60)
Thursday: Blue Jays, 12:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Wade Davis (8-7, 4.62); Jays — Brett Cecil (4-4, 4.34)
Friday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (5-4, 3.51); A's — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
July 31 trades in Rays history
2000: Acquired INF Brent Abernathy from Blue Jays for RHP Steve Trachsel, LHP Mark Guthrie
2003: Traded RHP Al Levine to Royals for cash
2006: Traded SS Julio Lugo to Dodgers for INF Joel Guzman, OF Sergio Pedroza
2010: Acquired RHP Chad Qualls from D'backs for RHP Matt Gorgen
Quote of the day
"He's pretty large. I thought one of the Sonics was pitching tonight; it might have been Spencer (Haywood) out there."
Manager Joe Maddon on facing Mariners rookie RHP Michael Pineda, who is, at least, 6 feet 6
Stat of the day
Rays record in 1-run games at home.
Rays record in 1-run games on the road.