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 A’s: Looking for 11 straight at the Trop
Posted May 5, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 5, 2012 at 05:22 PM
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:
Colon RHP (3-2, 2.53)
Hellickson RHP (3-0, 2.51)