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Rays Look To Even Record Against Padres

[1]The Rays will look to climb back to .500 on the season for the first time since the sixth game of the season. The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson [2] (1-2, 4.79 ERA) to the mound looking to rebound from rare back to back poor showings against the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays.

The San Diego Padres will send  Burch Smith [3]  (14th round 2011 draft) making his major league debut after being recalled from their Double A affiliate San Antonio Missions where he made just 6 starts with a record of 1-2 with a 1.15 ERA striking out 37 and walking only 6 in 31 1/3 innings of work.

For the second game in a row the Rays will start Sam Fuld [4] in center field and Matt Joyce in the leadoff spot as Desmond Jennings [5] takes an extra day to rest a sore groin which he tweaked diving back into first base on Friday night.

Rays lineup: Matt Joyce (RF), Kelly Johnson [6] (LF), Ben Zobrist [7] (2b), Evan Longoria [8] (3b), James Loney [9] (1b), Luke Scott [10] (DH), Sam Fuld [4] (CF), Jose Lobaton [11] (C), Yunel Escobar [12] (SS)

Bud Black [13]‘s Padres lineup will include five left handed bats and two switch hitters in hopes of capitalizing on one of Hellickson’s more pronounced 2013 weaknesses. Left handed batters have posted a slash line (batting average/on-base percentage/slugging percentage) of .305/.359/.622 and all 7 home runs against him this year have been off left handed bats.

Padres lineup: Everth Cabrera [14] (SS), Will Venable [15] (RF), Chase Headley [16] (3b), Carlos Quentin [17] (LF), Yonder Alonso [18] (1b), Mark Kotsay [19] (DH), Jedd Gyorko [20] (2b), Alexi Amarista [21] (CF), John Baker [22] (C)