--RHP James Shields said in retrospect the biggest accomplishment from his Sunday shutout was breaking Scott Kazmir's franchise strikeout mark with 875. "I didn't really realize the magnitude of what went on," Shields said. "I think that's pretty special, especially being with this organization for the last 11 years. To be able to be a franchise player from day one, it's pretty special. These guys stuck with me for a long time, and to be able to do that really means a lot."
--OF Matt Joyce made his first return visit to Comerica Park after being traded by the Tigers to the Rays in December 2008. But coming back now is more rewarding as Joyce has established himself as an (almost) everyday player, and he is leading the majors in hitting at .357. "Anytime you have success, you want to show them what they missed out on or what they traded and what they lost," said Joyce, who went 1-for-2 Monday.
--RHP Jeremy Hellickson fell short in his bid to be the first Rays rookie starter to win five consecutive decisions. Rolando Arrojo, James Shields and Wade Davis had also won four each. Hellickson took the loss Monday despite allowing just two runs in 6 1/3 innings.
--OF Justin Ruggiano was scheduled to start in left field, but he had to be scratched due to what manager Joe Maddon politely described as "gastrointestinal distress." Ruggiano was replaced by Sam Fuld, who went 1-for-3 with a two-run single.
--INF Felipe Lopez started at first base for the second time in his big-league career. It was his fourth appearance at the position. He also was named International League Player of the Week for his work at Class AAA Durham before being promoted. Lopez went 0-for-3 Monday.
--SS Reid Brignac remains on schedule to rejoin the team Friday from the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather.
BY THE NUMBERS
48 -- Games into the season the Rays have gone without making multiple errors, matching the record set by the 2010 Twins.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Obviously we wish things could have been different." -- DH Johnny Damon, on a series of near-misses that led to Monday's loss.
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