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Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: at Philadelphia Phillies


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What's new: The last-place Phillies have been one of the majors' biggest disappointments, though the injury absences of 1B Ryan Howard and 2B Chase Utley are a huge part of that. Also missing are RHP Roy Halladay (injured), RHP Jose Contreras and INF Freddy Galvis. The offense can still be dangerous, with C Carlos Ruiz among the NL batting leaders, and the starting pitching dominant. Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon now anchors the bullpen.

Key stat: Since May 1, the Phillies lead all NL teams and rank fourth in the majors with 228 runs.

Connections: Rays OF Rich Thompson spent the past 4½ seasons in the Phillies minor-league system. … Phillies INF Ty Wigginton, RHP Chad Qualls and assistant general manager Scott Proefrock are former Rays.

Series history: Rays lead 12-6 overall, 6-3 in Philadelphia, 2-1 at Citizens Bank.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Up next for Tampa Bay Rays: at Philadelphia Phillies 06/21/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 21, 2012 10:15pm]
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