--RHP Alex Cobb is expected to be recalled from Class AAA Durham to take the spot in the rotation that has been filled the last four turns by RHP Andy Sonnanstine, who was 0-1, 6.08 in three official games and off to a rough start in a fourth that was rained out in the third inning, Cobb will start Tuesday against the Rangers.
--DH Johnny Damon extended his streak of reaching base to 23 games, third-longest active in the majors behind Florida's Logan Morrison, who went into play Sunday with a run of 29, and Baltimore's Vlad Guerrero, at 24, and also tying Ben Zobrist's season high mark. Damon also moved to within one double of tying Frank Thomas for 57th place on the all-time doubles list at 495.
--RHP James Shields on Saturday notched his major-league leading sixth pickoff of the season when he caught Cleveland's Asdrubal Cabrera off third base. Shields became the first pitcher in the majors this season to pick a runner off third, and also thus the first to have a pickoff at first, second and third. Since 2000, only seven other right-handed pitchers have recorded as many as six pickoffs in a full season.
--RHP Jeremy Hellickson has emerged as the Rays' third most solid starter behind ace LHP David Price and RHP James Shields, positing another solid outing Sunday. Hellickson is 5-1 in his last 6 starts with a 1.83 ERA, and held opponents to a .181 average. His 1.36 ERA for five May starts is the third lowest in team history for any month.
--1B Casey Kotchman left Sunday's game after four innings with right ankle soreness, and was listed as day to day. Kotchman has emerged as a key piece of the Rays' lineup after initially being sent to Class AAA Durham out of spring training. Kotchman was scheduled to be off Monday anyway against Texas LHP Derek Holland, with Felipe Lopez at first.
BY THE NUMBERS
654 -- Consecutive games through Sunday in which the Rays used a starting pitcher under age 30, a streak dating to May 2007 that is the second-longest such run in MLB history. The 1913-17 Washington Senators went 704 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Promise you won't think I'm crazy." -- Manager Joe Maddon, to 3B Evan Longoria, when moving him into the leadoff spot Saturday to try to break him from a long slump.
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