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Rays @ ChiSox: Escobar sits, Zobrist at SS

Posted Apr 25, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 25, 2013 at 05:44 PM

CHICAGO The Rays begin their 10-game road trip tonight at chilly U.S. Cellular Field, where the temps should be in the mid-40s.

Jeremy Hellickson will face the White Sox with a chance to make some Rays history.

Matt Moore (8 innings), David Price (8) and Alex Cobb (8 1/3) matched the team record for consecutive starts by a starter of at least eight innings, which has been twice before. The last was in 2011 at Boston when James Shields, Jeff Niemann and David Price did it on Aug. 16 and 17. Aug. 16 was a doubleheader.

Shortstop Yunel Escobar (right hamstring tightness) is not in tonight’s lineup. He was not available in the clubhouse to talk about his injury, but he has been telling teammates that it’s not serious and he might only miss tonight’s game.

Ben Zobrist will start at shortstop tonight.

Here are the lineups:

Jennings CF
Roberts 2B
Zobrist SS
Longoria 3B
Rodriguez 1B
Duncan DH
Johnson LF
Lobaton C
Fuld RF

Hellickson RHP (1-1, 3.50)

De Aza LF
Keppinger 2B
Rios RF
Dunn DH
Konerko 1B
Gillaspia 3B
Ramirez SS
Flowers C
Wise CF

Sale LHP (1-2, 4.50)

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