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What's new: Not much since the Marlins took two of three from the Rays last weekend at Tropicana Field. Florida (31-35) is coming off a three-game home series against Texas in which it was swept. After not facing Marlins ace Josh Johnson during the last series, the Rays will get the right-hander with the 7-2 record Sunday. "He's one of the best pitchers in baseball, period," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Key stat: The Marlins scored 25 runs on 35 hits in the three-game series against the Rays last weekend.
Connections: Marlins INF Jorge Cantu is a former Ray, OF Chris Coghlan is an East Lake High product and bench coach Carlos Tosca is a Valrico resident.
Series history: The Rays, 1-2 vs. Florida this season, will need a sweep to win the Citrus Series for the fourth time in the past five years. Tampa Bay is 32-38 all time and 14-21 at Florida.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer