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Rays @ Jays: Joyce update, Longo DH, Molina returns

Posted May 22, 2013 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 22, 2013 at 02:24 PM

TORONTO Matt Joyce said he doesn’t believe his right hamstring is “too serious” and he hopes to be able to pinch-hit later today against the Blue Jays if needed.

Joyce left Tuesday’s win in the seventh inning because of tightness in the hamstring. He thinks that might have developed because he was dehydrated. He said the Rogers Centre turf was hot during Monday afternoon’s game, which was played with the roof open. The roof was closed Tuesday, but it was humid in the stadium.

Joyce said with Thursday being an off day he should have enough time to rest the hamstring and return to the lineup Friday when the Rays begin the homestand against the Yankees.

In other news, Evan Longoria will serve as the DH today. Jose Molina returns to the lineup today.

Jeremy Hellickson gets the start this afternoon. He’s looking to reverse his disturbing trend of pitching poorly with the lead.

The Rays are 4-1 on this trip.

Here is the Rays lineup:

Jennings CF
Roberts 3B
Zobrist 2B
Longoria DH
Loney 1B
Rodriguez RF
Johnson LF
Molina C
Escobar SS

Hellickson P

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