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Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
Team RankingAVGRHRERA
Rays.2476121173.56
AL East Division3rd5th5th2nd
American League 7th14th11th5th

Notes, Quotes

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--OF Sam Fuld, a New Hampshire native, was amused and a bit overwhelmed by the reaction and reception to his smashing debut at Fenway Park on Monday. The response included texts, e-mails, Facebook messages and a thread of more than 1,000 posts on Twitter under the tag LegendofSamFuld. "It's overwhelming," Fuld said. "It's a great feeling, but it is kind of overwhelming." Fuld went 1-for-4 with an RBI groundout Tuesday.

--INF Elliot Johnson, a switch hitter, is in line to get additional starts at shortstop in more of a platoon with left-handed hitting Reid Brignac. "Part of it is that Elliot Johnson has done so well and there is no reason to really push Reid on the lefties as much," manager Joe Maddon said. "We've been seeing a lot of righties, we're going to see a lot more righties, so he's going to still have the preponderance of play. ... As Reid gets a little more proficient against lefties, I might throw him back out there."

--Manager Joe Maddon was fined $500 for his tirade and ejection from Sunday's game. That is the minimum amount from Major League Baseball for such an infraction, and there was no further discipline. "I thought it was fair," Maddon said.

--3B Evan Longoria remains on track for a late April return from a strained left oblique. Manager Joe Maddon said Longoria's recovery is "moving along pretty good" and that after three full weeks on the disabled list, which would be April 24, Longoria would need "a couple of games somewhere (in the minors) to get going again."

--LHP J.P. Howell advances to the next step in his recovery from shoulder surgery Wednesday, throwing the first of three planned batting practices at the Rays' spring complex in Port Charlotte, Fla., before he starts a minor league rehab assignment. The team is aiming to get him back in mid-May.

BY THE NUMBERS
1918 -- The last time two teams with 2-8 (or worse) records met; the Brooklyn Robins beat the Boston Braves. Tampa Bay improved to 3-8 by defeating Boston on Tuesday, dropping the Red Sox to 2-9.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"That's AL East baseball right there. Anytime you win, it's fun. But that was fun." -- LHP David Price, on Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Red Sox.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJames Loney , 1B.290
HREvan Longoria , 3B22
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B91
OBPBen Zobrist , 2B.354
SLGEvan Longoria , 3B.404
RBen Zobrist , 2B83
SBDesmond Jennings , CF15
WJake Odorizzi , SP11
ERAAlex Cobb , SP2.87
WHIPAlex Cobb , SP1.14
KJake Odorizzi , SP174
SVJake McGee , RP19
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