SERIES: Minnesota Twins At Tampa Bay Rays (4 Game Series)

WHERE: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida
WHEN: August 2 - August 5, 2010
COVERAGE: Rays - DraysbayRays Index;  Twins - Twinkie Town

The Rays, coming off their 2-1 series victory over the New York Yankees this weekend, end their 11 game homestand this week with a series against the Minnesota Twins.  The series has implications on two divisional races as the Twins sit a half-game back behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central while the Rays sit a full game behind the Yankees in the AL East standings.

Another big story for the Rays is prospect Jeremy Hellickson making his first major league start tonight.  The 23-year-old right-hander is one of the more highly-touted prospects in MLB.  Draysbay has a full post up on "Hellickson Day".

And so...get excited. Get very excited. Hellickson has torn the International League to shreds this season (2.71 FIP, 123 K in 120 IP) and he's going to be a big boost for the Rays down the stretch. This outing may only be a cup of coffee, but he'll be back - have no fear.


Current Series

4 game series vs Twins @ Tropicana Field

Tue 08/03 7:10 PM EDT
Wed 08/04 7:10 PM EDT
Thu 08/05 12:10 PM EDT



American League Wild Card Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Tampa Bay 65 39 .625 0 Won 1
Boston 60 45 .571 5.5 Won 2
Minnesota 59 46 .561 6.5 Won 8
Toronto 54 51 .514 11.5 Lost 2
Los Angeles 54 53 .504 12.5 Won 1
Detroit 52 52 .500 13 Lost 2
Oakland 52 52 .500 13 Lost 1
Kansas City 45 60 .428 20.5 Won 3
Cleveland 44 61 .419 21.5 Won 2
Seattle 39 67 .367 27 Lost 7
Baltimore 32 73 .304 33.5 Lost 3

(updated 8.2.2010 at 3:11 PM EDT)



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