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.
American League Wild Card Standings
|Tampa Bay||65||39||.625||0||Won 1|
|Los Angeles||54||53||.504||12.5||Won 1|
|Kansas City||45||60||.428||20.5||Won 3|
(updated 8.2.2010 at 3:11 PM EDT)