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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Rays squawk about day-night doubleheader
 

--RHP Wade Davis, who was to pitch Tuesday, is now scheduled to start Wednesday. The Rays didn't announce their starters for Thursday's doubleheader, but they are expected to be RHPs Jeff Niemann and Jeremy Hellickson, though the order could be flipped.

--3B Evan Longoria (strained left oblique) is set to return from the disabled list next Tuesday assuming he has no complications or setbacks during a four-game, five-day rehab assignment with Class AA Montgomery that starts Thursday.

--OF Sam Fuld, already one of the biggest surprises in the majors, got a surprise of his own Tuesday, as he was included on the All-Star ballot. The Rays were able to add Fuld and shift Johnny Damon to the DH position after the April 8 retirement of Manny Ramirez.

--RHP James Shields said he was honored when he heard he won the American League Player of the Week award after pitching back-to-back complete games. "It's nice," he said. "Anytime you get Player of the Week in the AL, it's pretty special. There's a lot of guys who had some really good games."

--INF Elliot Johnson was not feeling well Tuesday. His status for Wednesday's game, which he is likely to start at shortstop, is unclear.

BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Pitchers in Rays history who have thrown back-to-back, complete-game victories -- Rolando Arrojo (1998), Albie Lopez (2000) and James Shields (2011).

QUOTE TO NOTE
"We were calling for the ball at that point." -- Manager Joe Maddon, after the Rays retired Toronto's Jose Bautista, on a screaming line drive, for the first time in his 11th plate appearance of the weekend.

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