Jeremy Hellickson continues to improve with each start, turning in his best outing of the season yet Saturday night at the Trop in front of a crowd of over 25,000.

Hellickson breezed through seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk while striking out six over 100 pitches (66 strikes).

Jarrod Parker was on the hill for Oakland, and pitched well after a horrible first three starts to the season. The only run in the game came in the second inning, when Matt Joyce belted a home run over the right field wall.

After Hellickson exited, Joel Peralta (Hld, 3) and Fernando Rodney (SV, 2) would close out the game giving Helly his first win and the Rays their seventh win of the season (now 7-10).

The Rays go for the sweep today at 1:40 ET. Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 5.79 ERA) seeks his first win since September 2011 against left-hander Tommy Milone (3-0, 3.86 ERA).

News and Notes:

  • Terrible news from Durham: Highly-ranked prospect infielder Hak-Ju Lee is out for the season with torn ligaments in his left knee (video of injury here). This is a huge blow for the organization, especially after he's started the year batting .422. Lee wasn't really in the Rays big-league plans this year, but it's nonetheless a huge setback.
  • Better news from Durham: Top prospect Wil Myers (bruised foot) returned to action Sunday, going 1-2 with his first ever home run in the Rays organization.
  • Joe Maddon, being Joe Maddon, brought a DJ to the clubhouse before yesterday's game.
  • Luke Scott injury update: The Rays will decide whether or not Scott (strained calf) is ready to begin a rehab stint in the minors after he runs the bases before today's game.
  • Around the AL East: It was an eventful and emotional day at Fenway Park Saturday afternoon following a tragic week of terror in Boston. If you missed it, here's Big Papi's NSFW pregame speech. The Red Sox would win the game 4-3 thanks to a late three-run homer by Daniel Nava. Other scores in the divsion, the Orioles won both games of their double-header against the Dodgers and the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays 5-3 in 11 innings.
  • Check out this rare play Desmond Jennings pulled off last night: