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What's new: The Marlins (29-31) ended a four-game losing streak by beating Roy Halladay and the Phillies 2-0 on Thursday. But they remain last in the National League East. Their lineup boasts some power with Dan Uggla and Hanley Ramirez along with rookie outfielder Mike Stanton, who was recently called up after hitting 21 homers in 52 Double-A games. They also have talented young pitchers. But their defense has been sloppy. Their 46 errors are third most in the majors.
Key stat: Since 2008, the Rays are 28-12 in interleague play, the majors' second-best record behind the Twins (28-11).
Connections: Marlins outfielder Chris Coghlan is an East Lake High graduate. Third baseman Jorge Cantu is an ex-Ray, and bench coach Carlos Tosca is a Valrico resident.
Series history: The Rays have gone 5-1 against the Marlins each of the past two seasons and won five of the past eight season series. They are 31-36 against them all time, including 17-15 at home.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer