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MATCHUP OF THE DAY

LF Carl Crawford has been at his best against the Mariners, with a .355 career average that is second best all-time behind Rod Carew (.356) with a minimum of 200 plate appearances.

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Number of the day

10-18: Rays record against the AL West this season.

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Standing tall: Niemann has made a strong case for rookie of the year, leading the Rays staff in wins. He's coming off a rough start in which he gave up six runs and 11 hits in 4-1/3 innings at Baltimore. He is 1-0 with a 4.63 ERA in two career starts against the Mariners.

Down under: Rowland-Smith has been pitching well of late. He gave up one run over eight innings in a win over the White Sox in his last start, his fourth straight outing of seven innings or more. The Aussie has made one start against Tampa Bay this season, giving up two runs over 6-2/3 innings in an 11-2 win.

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Did you know?

3B Evan Longoria is just the ninth player in major-league history with 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs before the age of 24, joining Albert Pujols (2001-02-03), Hal Trosky (1934, 1936), Ted Williams (1939), Alex Rodriguez (1996), Scott Rolen (1998), Eric Chavez (2001), Aramis Ramirez (2001) and Miguel Cabrera (2001).

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Chart of the day

3B Evan Longoria, left,has a chance to set the Rays record for RBIs in a season:

121...Carlos Pena......(2007)

117...Jorge Cantu......(2005)

108...Evan Longoria...(2009)

107...Aubrey Huff......(2003)

106...Fred McGriff......(2000)

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