Worth noting

• Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, optioned to the Minor Leagues to get more work amid all the Rays' off-days, is scheduled to start for Class A Advanced Charlotte on Sunday at Clearwater. Hellickson allowed one run on five hits over six innings for Double-A Montgomery last weekend, striking out 11 with no walks.

• Price will be featured Thursday night on The Late Show with David Letterman. During All-Star Game festivities in Minnesota, Price filmed a segment at the Mall of America and Target Field.

• The Rays' 77 home runs in the first half marked their lowest total since 2004. The last time Tampa Bay had only one player with double-digit homers at the break was '05 (Jorge Cantu, 15). The Rays also have only 36 steals this season, the fewest in club history before the break.

• The Rays put together the second-highest strikeout total in Major League history in the first half, with 842. The Tigers set the record last year with 863.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.