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Tampa Bay Rays

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

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
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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