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Rays v A’s: Looking for 11 straight at the Trop

Posted May 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 5, 2012 at 05:22 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
Tonight is Jeremy Hellickson’s turn to keep things rolling as he makes his sixth start of the season for the high-flying Rays, who enter the night with the best record in baseball.

Hellickson is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two career starts against the A’s. The Rays lost both.

The Rays have won six straight overall and 10 straight at home, one shy of the club record set in 2008. They are 13-1 at the Trop this season. Only five teams in major league history have begun the home schedule 14-1.

Joe Maddon will manage his 1,000th game as the Rays skipper tonight.

B.J. Upton, who had two doubles in Friday night’s win while batting second in the lineup, will remain there tonight. Maddon said he might bat Upton second more often.

Sean Rodriguez gets the night off. He will start Sunday against lefty Tommy Milone, and Maddon said he wanted to get Elliot Johnson a start. So Johnson is playing shortstop.

Here are the lineups:

A’s
Weeks 2B
Pennington SS
Reddick RF
Cespedes CF
Smith LF
Ka’aihue DH
Suzuki C
Barton 1B
Inge 3B

Colon RHP (3-2, 2.53)

RAYS
Jennings LF
Upton CF
Peña 1B
Joyce RF
Scott DH
Zobrist 2B
Rhymes 3B
Molina C
Johnson SS

Hellickson RHP (3-0, 2.51)

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