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Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Cleveland Indians

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What's new: The Indians are baseball's biggest surprise, sprinting to an AL-best 22-11 record. Their success has been a team effort, with an unheralded rotation, a power-armed bullpen and a deeper-than-you-think offense. … OF Shin-Soo Choo is one of the best players you haven't heard of, C Carlos Santana is a rising star, DH Travis Hafner is back to being good. … RHP Jeanmar Gomez was sent down, RHP Carlos Carrasco might be recalled to start Wednesday.

Key stat: The Indians have the best differential in the majors, scoring 48 more than they've allowed.

Connections: Rays C Kelly Shoppach and 1B coach George Hendrick played for the Indians, hitting coach Derek Shelton was a coach. … Indians closer Chris Perez is from Bradenton; RHP Mitch Talbot, traded for Shoppach, is on the DL.

Series history: Indians lead 67-38 overall, 39-14 in Cleveland, where the Rays had an 18-game losing streak until winning twice last year.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Cleveland Indians 05/09/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 9, 2011 11:06pm]
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