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Tampa Bay Rays up next: Los Angeles Angels

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What's new: The Angels have been staggered by injuries and the April death of pitcher Nick Adenhart and have spent much of the season around .500. They lost closer Frankie Rodriguez and added OF Bobby Abreu (who got his 2,000th hit Sunday) and closer Brian Fuentes (who is 15-for-18 in saves with a 4.95 ERA). Vladimir Guerrero has been limited to DH duties, and CF Torii Hunter has been slowed by a sore groin.

Key stat: The Angels have gone from first to third on singles a major-league-high 43 times.

Connections: Angels INF Chone Figgins is a Brandon High product, INF Erick Aybar the brother of Rays INF Willy and pitching coach Mike Butcher a former Ray. … Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon and coaches George Hendrick, Bobby Ramos and Todd Greene are former Angels.

Series history: Angels lead 66-38 overall, 29-24 at the Trop, though Rays have won 12 of past 18 at home.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays up next: Los Angeles Angels 06/08/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 6:38am]
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