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What's new: After starting 16-22, the Sox have found themselves and are in the playoff hunt. Rookie infielders Gordon Beckham and Chris Getz have added to a powerful lineup that includes Jermaine Dye (21 homers), Paul Konerko (17) and Jim Thome (16), though they don't hit as well at home. Outfielder Carlos Quentin (left foot) remains on the DL. Their pitching has been good overall, though the bullpen has struggled lately.

Key stat: Closer Bobby Jenks has not allowed an earned run to the Rays in 10 career appearances.

Connections: Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is an ex-Ray. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski grew up in Hernando County. Rays reliever Chad Bradford played for the Sox as did bench coach Dave Martinez.

Series history: The Sox won three of four in April at the Trop, lead 53-37 overall and 25-15 at The Cell. The Rays did beat the them 3-1 in the division series.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Chicago White Sox 07/19/09 [Last modified: Monday, July 20, 2009 8:24am]
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