06/25/12 9:15 PM ET
Rays get back to American League business
By Vinnie Duber / MLB.com
So is manager Joe Maddon happy to get back to playing by American League rules?
"Yeah, but it's not nearly as much fun," Maddon said.
"I really do like the National League rules," Maddon continued. "As a manager, you definitely have to be ready, just like everybody else, every day, every moment. And then when you're shorthanded, it makes it even more difficult. And then when you start your bullpen, it's like working an All-Star Game. From the beginning, you've got to think of all the different things you've got to do. So it's an interesting game. But it is, it's nice to get back to our normal template, but the National League game is a fun game."
Maddon said it isn't a totally foreign concept, given the alterations he makes on the field during games under AL rules.
"We do some of that stuff on our own whenever we take the DH out of here and put him on the field. So we get a taste of that on our own volition," the skipper said. "The National League game is a very interesting game. It's an entirely different game than our game."
The Rays entered Monday's action with the best record in baseball against the American League at 31-23.
Scott belts two homers in first rehab game
KANSAS CITY -- Rays designated hitter Luke Scott clubbed two home runs in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Durham on Monday, also his 34th birthday.
Scott drove in four runs and scored three times in Durham's 14-10 victory against the Buffalo Bison. He added a sacrifice fly to his two-homer day.
"I heard he hit the ball really well. That's great," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "He hit the ball well in BP a couple days ago in Philadelphia, also. The guys told me he's just mashing it. Maybe that's not a surprise. He's very eager to get back."
Maddon said that Scott would probably not be back with the Rays during the current series with the Royals, although the skipper wouldn't totally rule out a return on Wednesday afternoon for the series finale.
Scott has been on the disabled list since June 15 with back stiffness.
In other rehab news, after Sunday's game was rained out, reliever Kyle Farnsworth is scheduled to start for Class A Charlotte on both Monday and Tuesday evenings.
Hellickson on target to return against Tigers
KANSAS CITY -- Injured Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson threw an extended bullpen session on Monday, and the plan is for him to start on Saturday against the Tigers.
"It went good. I threw 60 pitches, probably at 80, 90 percent. I felt really good," Hellickson said. "I probably threw a little more than was planned. I felt really good throwing everything, getting back on the mound, getting the feel out there."
Hellickson said he would probably throw another bullpen on Wednesday. He has been on the disabled list since June 20 with right shoulder inflammation.
Following the bullpen bonanza in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader against the Phillies, Rays manager Joe Maddon said a few of his pitchers would be unavailable on Monday.
Maddon said Brandon Gomes, Wade Davis and Cesar Ramos would not see action in the series opener against the Royals. All three pitched 2 2/3 innings in the Rays' 7-3 win over the Phillies in the nightcap.
Ramos made his first start since 2009 -- walking three and striking out two batters, yielding zero hits and zero runs. Davis allowed all three of Philadelphia's runs, walking two and striking out two, while Gomes allowed one hit and one walk, earning the win.
Vinnie Duber is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.