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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

ROGER MOONEY
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:

ANGELS
Abreu LF
Kendrick 2B
Pujols 1B
Morales DH
Hunter RF
Wells CF
Izturis 3B
Aybar SS
Iannetta C

Wilson LHP (2-1, 2.37)

RAYS
Jennings LF
Zobrist RF
Peña 1B
Longoria 3B
Keppinger 2B
Upton CF
Scott DH
Rodriguez SS
Gimenez C

Hellickson RHP (2-0, 3.26)

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