Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Rays @ Rangers: Chirinos traded, minor bus acccident, Helly’s birthday
Posted Apr 8, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 06:52 PM
ARLINGLTON, Tx. The Rays open their first road trip of the season tonight at Rangers Ballpark.
A couple of items that took place earlier this afternoon:
The Rays traded C Robinson Chirinos to the Rangers for a player to be named later or cash. Chirinos was then assigned to the Rangers Triple A team.
The bus taking the Rays from their Fort Worth hotel to the ballpark had a minor accident when it was rear ended while making a left turn.
There were no injuries and the bus continued on its way.
Jeremy Hellickson makes his second start of the season tonight against Rangers right-handed Alexi Ogando.
Hellickson turned 26 today. For those keeping track of such things: Rays pitchers are 4-1 while pitching on their birthdays. Hellickson came one out shy of a 3-0 shutout last year against the Yankees.
This is Game 1 of a 10-game trip that continues through Boston (four games) and Baltimore (three).
Jose Molina C