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Saturday, May 11th (All times Eastern)

San Diego Padres (16-19) at Tampa Bay Rays (17-18), 6:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Burch Smith (0-0, 0.00) Tampa Bay - Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.79)

(Sports Network) - Texas-born right-hander Burch Smith makes his major-league debut on Saturday evening when the San Diego Padres visit Tropicana Field for game two of a three-game interleague series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Smith, a 14th-round pick of the Padres in the 2011 draft, gets a shot in the absence of starter Clayton Richard, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with an intestinal virus.

He actually takes the slot of Andrew Cashner, who would have started this game but was pushed back to Tuesday when the Padres had a scheduled off day on Thursday.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Smith opened the season at Double-A San Antonio and was 1-2 with a 1.15 earned run average in six starts - walking six batters and striking out 37.

"He's got a big arm and a good, sound delivery," manager Bud Black said. "He's thrown very well this season in Double-A. Our front office thinks very highly of this guy."

Starting for the Rays is righty Jeremy Hellickson, who tries to end a three- start winless drought.

The 2011 American League Rookie of the Year was 1-1 after defeating Oakland, 1-0, on April 20, but has since gone 0-1 in three starts while allowing 20 hits and 12 runs in 16 innings.

He also opened the season with a loss and two no-decisions in three starts, and the Rays are 2-5 in the seven games he's pitched.

Hellickson has never faced the Padres.

On Friday, Ryan Roberts' go-ahead two-run single was part of a four-run seventh inning that lifted Tampa Bay to a 6-3 win.

Matt Joyce tallied two hits and scored twice for Tampa Bay, which plated six unanswered runs.

Rays starter Alex Cobb struck out 13 batters, but lasted just 4 2/3 innings after surrendering three runs on five hits and two walks. Jake McGee (1-2) tossed a scoreless seventh to pick up the win.

Will Venable and Carlos Quentin smacked solo homers for the Padres, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

The teams have split 12 games across four interleague series since 2002. San Diego won two of three the last time they met, at Tampa Bay, in 2010.

05/11 10:34:29 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
CIN 7
CHC 2
Final
DET 3
NYY 2
Final
SFG 4
COL 1
Final
BAL 5
TAM 4
Final
NYM 1
ATL 6
9th
CWS 2
CLE 3
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 5
 
Final
HOU 4
TEX 2
 
4th
ANA 3
OAK 0
 
Final
SCAR 28
TEXAM 52
Final
LAMON 17
WAKE 10
 
4th
MISS 28
BSU 13
 
4th
TULSA 20
TULA 28
 
2nd
WASU 10
RUTG 14
 
1st
ARST 16
WEBER 0
 
1st
VANDY 0
TEMPL 0
 
Final
JAC 14
ATL 24
 
Final
BUF 0
DET 23
 
Final
CIN 35
IND 7
 
Final
GBP 34
KAN 14
 
Final
PHI 37
NYJ 7
 
Final
MIA 14
STL 13
 
Final
PIT 0
CAR 10
 
Final
NYG 16
NEP 13
 
Final
TAM 10
WAS 24
 
Final
NOS 13
BAL 22
 
Final
CLE 33
CHI 13
 
Final
DAL 3
DEN 27
 
Final
TEN 3
MIN 19
 
Final
HOU 13
SFX 40
 
2nd
SDC 9
ARI 3
 
2nd
OAK 28
SEA 7
 
Final
NOR 3
DUR 5