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Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Up next: at Angels

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What's new: The Angels underwent a bit of an overhaul — letting go of Vladimir Guerrero, Chone Figgins and John Lackey and bringing in Hideki Matsui, Joel Pineiro and Fernando Rodney — and it hasn't worked out too well given their 14-19 record. That includes a seven-game skid, their longest since 2001, that ended Friday. INF Maicer Izturis just went on the DL, joining catchers Jeff Mathis and Seminole High's Bobby Wilson.

Key stat: The Rays are 1-13 in Anaheim under Joe Maddon.

Connections: Angels LHP Scott Kazmir, RHP Brian Stokes and pitching coach Mike Butcher are ex-Rays; SS Erick Aybar is the brother of the Rays' Willy. Rays INF Sean Rodriguez was acquired from the Angels in the Kazmir trade; Maddon and bullen coach Bobby Ramos were Angels coaches.

Series history: Angels lead 70-40 overall, 40-14 in Anaheim.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays up next: at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 05/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 7:46am]
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