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Jeremy Hellickson, Rays Go For Sweep Against The Twins

The Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins are just underway at Tropicana Field, kicking off the final game of their four-game series. The Rays have won the first three games in the series, coming back in the ninth innings against the Twins in two of the games, so the Rays are shooting for their second series sweep in a row. Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for the Rays, facing up against Brian Duensing.

The Twins are reeling at the moment, having lost seven of their previous ten games. They're missing Joe Mauer, who is on the disabled list with bilateral leg fatigue, and their bullpen ace Joe Nathan has been removed from the closer role until he can put some good outings together. They could sorely use a win today, but will likely have a tough time of it against Jeremy Hellickson.

Hellickson had an odd start earlier this week against Boston, walking five batters but still only allowing two runs on the evening. Hellickson normally had excellent control, so it will be interesting to see if his start against Boston was merely a one-time thing or if his control issues carry over.

Rays Lineup, courtesy of Marc Topkin:

Sam Fuld LF
Johnny Damon LF
B.J. Upton CF
Felipe Lopez 3B
Kelly Shoppach C
Ben Zobrist RF
Sean Rodriguez 2B
Dan Johnson 1B
Elliot Johnson SS

Photographs by cstreet.us, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.