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Hellickson & Rays Look To Rebound In Baltimore

[1]After a heartbreaking loss to the Boston Red Sox last night the Rays (20-20) travel to Baltimore (23-17) to take on the Orioles in a weekend series. The O’s are in 2nd place 1.5 games behind the New York Yankees and 3 games in front of the Rays.  This will be the third meeting between the clubs this season and second in Baltimore with the Orioles owning a 4-2 edge.

The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson [2] (1-2, 5.25 ERA) to the mound to take on former Rays pitcher Jason Hammel [3] (5-1, 4.93 ERA).

In his previous three starts  Hellickson has failed to hold big leads. On May 1st against the Kansas City Royals he was handed a 5-0 lead after 3 innings but his night was over early as he departed with the Rays up only 5-4 after 5 innings in a game that the Rays eventually lost 9-8. On May 6th he was spotted to a 7-0 lead after 3 but once again had to exit after 5-innings with the Rays holding a 7-3 lead which they eventually lost 8-7.  In his last start on May 11th he was spotted a 6-2 and went deeper into the game but was unable to work out of a jam yielding a grand slam to pinch hitter Jesus Guzman [4] which knotted the score at 6-6 in a game the Rays eventually won 8-7 on Evan Longoria [5]‘s walk-off home run.

The Rays Lineup: Desmond Jennings [6] (CF), Matthew Joyce [7] (RF), Ben Zobrist [8] (2b), Evan Longoria [5] (3b), James Loney [9] (1b), Luke Scott [10] (DH), Kelly Johnson [11] (LF), Jose Lobaton [12] (C), Yunel Escobar [13] (SS)

The Orioles Lineup: Nate McLouth [14] (DH), Manny Machado [15] (3b), Nick Markakis [16] (RF), Adam Jones [17] (CF), Matt Wieters [18] (C), J.J. Hardy [19] (SS), Chris Dickerson [20] (LF),  Yamaico Navarro [21] (2b)