--CF B.J. Upton will drop his appeal and serve his two-game suspension Thursday in Cleveland and Friday at home against Baltimore. Upton was disciplined for his reaction to a call and ejection from the May 4 game. "Obviously, it's not something that you really want to happen or have to go through, but I have to take responsibility for my actions," Upton said. "It happened, it's over with. You know what -- we'll deal with it the next two days and get through it, and I'll be back out there Saturday." Rays manager Joe Maddon said it was "really somewhat of a shame" for Upton to sit out now because he has been hitting so well. Upton went 2-for-5 with a two-run double Wednesday.
--OF Matt Joyce laughed at the idea of winning the AL batting title, but he felt some satisfaction about leading the league in hitting through Tuesday's games. He then went 2-for-5 to hold the top spot, improving his average to .358. Joyce has been playing primarily against right-handed pitchers, which is a big part of his success.
--RHP Andy Sonnanstine will remain in the rotation and start again against Baltimore on Sunday despite a rough Tuesday outing in Cleveland (3 1/3 innings, two runs, four hits, five walks). Manager Joe Maddon said he didn't want to be "harsh" in his evaluation since it was Sonnanstine's first start of the season, filling in for injured RHP Jeff Niemann.
--LHP J.P. Howell made a scoreless, one-inning, 11-pitch appearance for Class AAA Durham on Wednesday, and he will pitch again Thursday in what is the last significant test in his recovery from May 2010 shoulder surgery. Assuming all goes well, Howell will make a final appearance for Durham on Monday and rejoin the Rays on Wednesday or Thursday in Toronto.
--SS Reid Brignac extended his streak of at-bats without an extra-base-hit to 104, breaking the team record held by Jason Bartlett. He went 0-for-5 Wednesday.
BY THE NUMBERS
3 -- Hits for LF Sam Fuld on Wednesday, matching his total from his previous 11 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"If anybody's going to pick up the other ball on the field, you would bet it would be 'Mikey' Jaso." -- Rays manager Joe Maddon, on sometimes quirky C John Jaso after an odd play in Tuesday's game in which there were two balls on the field, the second falling out of the plate umpire's bag.
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