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Rays at Angels, with Davis on the hill



UPDATE, 9:14: Maddon said he expects Davis to be at close to full strength tonight, though perhaps on more of an 80-90 pitch count than 100, knowing there are plenty of arms in the bullpen. ... Rafael Soriano is expected to be available for what would be a fourth straight day. ... Scott Kazmir said in the Angels clubhouse he was unhappy last night after the game, but did visit today with close friend B.J. Upton during batting practice and shared a few laughs.

UPDATE, 7:55: Rays lineup for tonight vs. righty Santana:
Jaso c,
Zobrist 2b,
Crawford lf,
Longoria 3b,
Pena 1b,
Joyce rf,
Johnson dh,
Upton cf,
Bartlett ss,
Davis p

DEVELOPING: The Rays are looking to make it four straight wins tonight as Wade Davis comes off the DL to start against the Angels.

With a win, the Rays would win their second consecutive series in Anaheim, which would be a first in franchise history.

Here's another interesting note:

Not only is today the first time since the 1969 start of divisional play that there are two teams in the same division with 77 or more wins after 125 games, but it just the seventh time in the last 80 seasons that there are two AL teams with that many wins at this point of the season:

2008 - Rays and Angels, both 77-48.
1971 - A's and O's, both 80-45
1961 - Yankees (82-42-1) and Tigers (80-44-1)
1955 - Indians (88-35-2), Yankees (84-40-1) and White Sox (80-44-1)
1951 - Indians (78-46-1) and Yankees (78-47)
1934 - Tigers (82-42) and Yankees (77-48)

Lineups soon ...


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