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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"There will be a few 'Joe Nelson jeers' out there."

RHP Joe Nelson, on how many friends and family will be in the stands when the Rays travel to Oakland, with his former high school (St. Joseph's Notre Dame in Alameda) five minutes from the stadium

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The ring is the thing

This West Coast trip will be extra special for LHP J.P. Howell. For one, it'll be the first time he and his fiancee, Heather Hennessy, who both grew up in Northern California, gather with their families since their March engagement. Howell also plans to present his father, Jim, with his AL championship ring. "I've just been giving out rings this year," Howell said, laughing.

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Milestone of the day

Tonight will be Joe Maddon's 500th game as Rays manager, passing Larry Rothschild (499) for most in club history. Maddon also has the best winning percentage (.459, 229-270) of any Tampa Bay manager.

Joe Maddon............499 (2006-present)

Larry Rothschild......499 (1998-2001)

Lou Piniella.............485(2003-2005)

Hal McRae..............309 (2001-02)

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Number of the day I

12 Game hitting streak for 1B Carlos Pena

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Number of the day 2

95% Success rate for stolen bases by the Rays, the best in the majors (19-of-20)

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