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ARI@TB: Miley strikes out eight over 6 1/3 innings

There will be a bit of deja vu at Chase Field on Tuesday when the Rays and D-backs open up a brief two-game Interleague series.

If the pitching matchup between Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Miley sounds familiar, it's because the two 26-year-olds just faced each other less than a week ago in Florida.

Miley got the better of Hellickson and the Rays that day, with the D-backs left-hander working 6 1/3 shutout innings en route to a 7-0 Arizona victory.

This time around with the game being played in a National League park, Hellickson will have to see firsthand the type of stuff that stumped Tampa Bay last week.

"I'm excited to hit, but it's not easy," Hellickson said. "I saw what his ball can do. It's going to be tough, but at the same time, I'm excited. I like hitting, but it's not easy."

The Rays' right-hander didn't have his best stuff against the D-backs his last time out and was handed his first loss since June 13. In lasting just 4 1/3 innings and surrendering four earned runs on seven hits, the outing marked Hellickson's shortest of the season.

"I need to get back to commanding my fastball," Hellickson said. "I was falling behind everybody and my changeup and curveball weren't very good either. It was a bad outing and it started with command."

As for Miley, the southpaw has been dominant since he went through a rough stretch in May and June, in which he finished the two months with a combined 2-7 record. Miley just completed the month of July posting a 1.59 ERA to go along with four wins in six starts.

"We couldn't shake Miley," Rays manager Joe Maddon said after the game Wednesday. "Their guy really pitched well. We had a couple of opportunities like we were talking about against him, and we needed to take advantage of those to get that momentum coming back to us."

Rays: Jennings' finger ailing
Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings was held out of Sunday's lineup because of a sprained left middle finger he suffered while sliding after stealing second base in the bottom of the 10th inning on Saturday.

Jennings said the finger was sore and sported a splint Sunday, but X-rays came back negative. He said it does not feel like something that would necessitate a move to the disabled list.

Jennings is hitting .274 since July 1 and has re-established himself as the Rays' leadoff hitter, having stolen 17 bases this season.

D-backs: Pennington sits after hit by pitch
Like Jennings, D-backs shortstop Cliff Pennington was out of the lineup Sunday, one day after being hit on his left foot by a Craig Breslow pitch in the eighth inning Saturday vs. Boston.

The veteran was able to remain in the game, but his foot stiffened overnight.

Pennington said Sunday morning that he thought he was able to play, but the D-backs planned to send him for an X-ray instead.

"He's pretty sore," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said.

Worth noting
• D-backs reliever Heath Bell has tossed nine consecutive scoreless innings since July 12.

• The Rays will be playing their first game at Chase Field since 2007. Comments