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Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
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Notes, Quotes

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Hitting beginning to come around

--RHP James Shields was to start Wednesday's rained out game in Boston but instead will work Thursday at home against the Twins, and the rest of the starters will be moved back a day. That's a good move for Shields, who is 31-22, 3.59 at home compared to 25-30, 5.04 on the road, and has only one career win at Fenway Park.

--OF Sam Fuld, a New Hampshire native, said he couldn't have enjoyed his experience more of playing at Fenway Park for the first time, even more so given how well he played, with a 4-for-6 debut that included a home run around the Pesky Pole. "There's so many memories to take away from these two days it feels like two weeks to me," Fuld said.

--LHP J.P. Howell was "sharp" in throwing batting practice on Wednesday in Port Charlotte, manager Joe Maddon said, in the first of three such sessions before he starts a minor league rehab assignment leading to a planned mid-May return from shoulder surgery. Howell will throw again on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

--LHP David Price, who threw 116 pitches in Tuesday's win over the Red Sox, should benefit the most from the extra day's rest provided by Wednesday's rainout, manager Joe Maddon said. "This gives him an extra day so it just kind of works out OK," Maddon said. "I'm fine with all that."

--OF Sam Fuld will get the first promotion in his honor, as the Rays have replaced the canceled Manny Ramirez bobblehead giveaway on May 29 with a Sam Fuld Superhero Cape. "I was maybe close to getting an Iowa Cub T-shirt giveaway (with the Cubs Class AAA team), but I didn't even make the cut there," he said.

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.

"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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