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The Rays Tank: Travel Day Means No Losing

The Rays are still on a one-game win streak, dating back to Wednesday.

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It’s Friday and the Rays didn’t lose yesterday! They didn’t win either, but more importantly, the Tampa Bay Rays have not lost a game since Tuesday. Instead, they traveled to Houston to prepare for a weekend series against the Astros.

Back at the Trop, second round draft pick Cameron Varga signed his deal with the Rays for $1.1 million.

Marc Topkin talked with Andrew Friedman yesterday about what the future could hold in store for the slumping Rays. Friedman told Topkin,

It is way too early to speculate on specific trade deadline plans right now. Just like every other year, we are taking this time after the draft to check in with teams to get a sense of what they are looking to do. We will use that information to try to find situations where our objectives overlap with other teams.

Jeremy Hellickson got roughed up during his rehab outing with Durham yesterday.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Hellickson&#39;s rehab start is done. <a href=";src=hash">#Rays</a> righty goes 2.1 IP, allows 4 ER, 6 H &amp; 1 BB, K&#39;s 2. 55 pitches (35 strikes). Matt Andriese now on.</p>&mdash; Durham Bulls (@DurhamBulls) <a href="">June 13, 2014</a></blockquote>

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