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Upton exits with minor quad ailment

The Sports Xchange

--CF B.J. Upton left the game after five innings due to tightness in his right quad. "It's nothing serious, it really is not," manager Joe Maddon said. "He just cramped up a little bit." Upton was walking fine in the clubhouse.

--Senior adviser Don Zimmer, 81, has been hospitalized for the past week due to kidney problems. He will begin dialysis treatment immediately. "His kidneys are bad," son Tom Zimmer told the Tampa Bay Times, "but dialysis is something you can get for a long time. He's going to be fine."

--RHP Kyle Farnsworth felt good the day after testing his strained right elbow for the first time. He had thrown a ball in a sock to minimize movement. "Everything went well," he said. "It's a step forward." The Rays moved Farnsworth to the 60-day disabled list earlier this week, pushing his earliest return date back to June 5.

--INF Will Rhymes, promoted Tuesday from Class AAA Durham when Evan Longoria went on the disabled list, made his first major league start, and appearance, at third base. Manager Joe Maddon said he plans to use a "revolving door" of replacements for Longoria. Rhymes went 2-for-4.

--OF/DH Hideki Matsui went through his first workout as a Ray, taking the field in Port Charlotte, Fla., to do drills with the extended spring training team. Nearly 40 members of the Japanese media watched.

--RHP James Shields struck out 11 -- three off David Price's team record -- in six innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and four walks, and he emerged with the win to improve to 5-0. He's the first five-game winner in the AL.

29,267 -- Total attendance for the three games vs. Seattle, including 9,837 on Wednesday.

"Somebody intervened." -- Manager Joe Maddon, on Luke Scott's flyball being knocked over the fence by Seattle CF Michael Saunders for a home run.

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