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What's new: The Indians are in the thick of the Central race. They brought in two ex-Rays, OF Johnny Damon and 1B Casey Kotchman, and are led by RF Shin-Soo Choo and exciting SS Asdrubal Cabrera. Cleveland got DH Travis Hafner back from the disabled list on Wednesday. That should help provide power to an offense that has just 72 homers, tied for 11th in the American League.
Key stat: The Rays are 4-12 against the AL Central this season.
Connections: Damon and Kotchman, a Seminole High product, played for the Rays last year. Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton held the same position in Cleveland for five seasons, and first-base coach George Hendrick played for the Indians from 1973-76.
Series history: The Indians lead all-time 69-42, including 40-16 in Cleveland. The Rays took four of six last season.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer