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Rays Vs. Marlins: Tampa Bay Travels To Take On Struggling Miami

Jeremy Hellickson faces off against Ricky Nolasco in the opener of the 2012 Citrus Series.

MIAMI, FL - MAY 27:  Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park on May 27, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - MAY 27: Ricky Nolasco #47 of the Miami Marlins pitches during a game against the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park on May 27, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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After an absolutely red-hot May, the Miami Marlins have struggled as of late, dropping their last four games and falling to fourth place in the National League East. Their visiting opponents, the Tampa Bay Rays, just lost two of three against the New York Yankees and find themselves in a tie with the Baltimore Orioles atop the American League East.

Jeremy Hellickson (4-2, 2.69 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays, while Ricky Nolasco (6-3, 4.35 ERA) gets the start for the Marlins. Both teams have struggled at the plate recently. Tampa Bay is hitting .169 as team over its last nine games, while Miami hit a collective .172 during the series -- a three-game sweep -- with the Braves.

The Rays won the Citrus Series last year, taking four of six from the Marlins. The game is set to begin at 7:10 p.m., and it will be televised on Sun Sports and Fox Sports Florida.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more on the Marlins, head to Fish Stripes. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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