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.
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  which knotted the score at 6-6 in a game the Rays eventually won 8-7 on Evan Longoria ‘s walk-off home run.
The Rays Lineup: Desmond Jennings  (CF), Matthew Joyce  (RF), Ben Zobrist  (2b), Evan Longoria  (3b), James Loney  (1b), Luke Scott  (DH), Kelly Johnson  (LF), Jose Lobaton  (C), Yunel Escobar  (SS)
The Orioles Lineup: Nate McLouth  (DH), Manny Machado  (3b), Nick Markakis  (RF), Adam Jones  (CF), Matt Wieters  (C), J.J. Hardy  (SS), Chris Dickerson  (LF), Yamaico Navarro  (2b)
Hellickson & Rays Look To Rebound In Baltimore by Steve Kinsella