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North of the border ...

The Rays arrived in Toronto Sunday night feeling pretty good about themselves. Scott Kazmir's strong outing gave them a series sweep of the Marlins and a season-high four-game winning streak. Plus, they have to be encouraged that Aubrey Huff's miserable slow start is finally behind him, based on his successful nights at the plate on Friday and Saturday. And reliever Chad Orvella, who has struggled much of the season, appeared to find a groove with a strong two-inning outing on Friday.

The next big issue is the health of starter Casey Fossum. The rotation has been pitching well, and Fossum hopes that the slight groin strain that forced him out of Friday's game doesn't cause him to miss Wednesday's start. If he can't go, the Rays nay have to again look to the minor leagues, with either Edwin Jackson or Jason Hammel a possibility.

The Rays are on a good roll at a good time as they are starting a long road trip to Toronto, Boston and Baltimore.

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:30am]


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