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 v Angels: Hellickson escapes the AL East
Posted Apr 25, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 25, 2012 at 05:24 PM
ST. PETERSBURG Jeremy Hellickson will do something tonight he has not done since Aug. 30 when he faced the Rangers in Texas – pitch against a team that is not from the AL East.
Hellickson, who starts the second game of this three-game series against the visiting Angels, has made eight straight starts against division foes. The Rays won six of those games while Hellickson was 4-0 with a 2.89 ERA.
The Rays have won three straight, matching their season high, and begin the day tied for first place with every team in the division not named the Boston Red Sox.
Lefty C.J. Wilson starts for the Angels. He is 2-1 with both wins coming on the road following an Angels loss.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols was 0-for-4 Tuesday against David Price and is not hitless in his last 16 at-bats. He is also homerless in his first 69 at-bats this season. That drought is 98 games if you include the end of the 2011 season.
Here are the lineups:
Wilson LHP (2-1, 2.37)
Hellickson RHP (2-0, 3.26)