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Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
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Defense shines in shutout victory

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Roster Report · Defense shines in shutout victory · Notes, Quotes
 

With three regulars out of their already depleted lineup, the Rays knew they were going to have to find a way to win Monday, and against a tough opponent, former teammate Edwin Jackson.

They turned to their trusty combo of pitching and defense, and they came out with a 5-0 win over Jackson and the White Sox.

"If we're not hitting on all cylinders, we have to be hitting on defense," left-hander David Price said. "That's what we've got to do."

The Rays did that and more, with five highlight-reel quality plays -- and a strong eight-inning effort from Price.

Shortstop Reid Brignac led the way, going far to his right to dive for a ball that got past third baseman Sean Rodriguez, then getting up to throw out Raul Castro at first.

Center fielder Sam Fuld was pretty good, too, with a running and diving catch the next inning. Plus, Rodriguez, first baseman Casey Kotchman and right fielder Ben Zobrist all chipped in.

"I'll be watching ESPN later to see how many of those are on the top 10," Price said.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGEvan Longoria , 3B.308
HRBen Zobrist , 2B3
RBIMatt Joyce , RF7
OBPBen Zobrist , 2B.390
SLGBen Zobrist , 2B.480
RMatt Joyce , RF7
SBJames Loney , 1B1
WDavid Price , SP2
ERAAlex Cobb , SP1.89
WHIPAlex Cobb , SP0.89
KDavid Price , SP22
SVGrant Balfour , RP4
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