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Worth noting

• Shortstop Yunel Escobar was back in the Rays' lineup at shortstop Saturday after sustaining a right thumb contusion in the first inning Friday night.

"He's fine, he's ready to rock-and-roll," Maddon said. "All the tests were negative. I think his thumb just got in the way of a ground ball."

• Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson continued his comeback, throwing "40 fastballs and changeups" off the mound in a bullpen session Saturday and "five or six curveballs off flat ground.

"It went good," said Hellickson, who will throw another bullpen session on Tuesday.

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