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Published Sep. 16, 2009

Sonny day: Sonnanstine said he made some progress in his last start, when he earned a victory after giving up five runs in 52/3 innings on a season-high 104 pitches. He has fared well against the Marlins, 2-0 with a 3.63 ERA in three starts (all Rays wins).

Stepping in:Nolasco, pitching on short rest, is coming off his shortest outing of the season (32/3 innings, eight runs in a loss to the Brewers). He is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two career starts vs. the Rays.

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Key matchups:

vs. Sonnanstine

Hermida....(4-for-8, HR)

Uggla........(1-for-8)

Ramirez....(3-for-9)

Vs. Nolasco

Gross........(1-for-5)

Iwamura....(1-for-4)

Upton........(0-for-4, 3Ks)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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Quote of the day

"He's turning into a cult figure around here. I'm waiting for the 'Zorilla' shirts."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the growing popularity of Rays utilityman Ben Zobrist among fans

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Number of the day

5 Career walkoff hits for LF Carl Crawford, the most in club history and first since July 30, 2007, against the Blue Jays.

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Happy homecoming

For RHP Joe Nelson, this weekend's trip to Miami will be more than just a reunion with his former Marlins teammates. He'll also get to see his three kids for the first time in six weeks, as they're still living in his Palm Beach Gardens home. "There will be three little kids wearing Nelson jerseys," he said. "But they say 'Rays' on the front."