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RANKING OF THE DAY

8th

Evan Longoria's place on ESPN.com's Buster Olney's list of the "most irreplaceable" players. 1. Albert Pujols, 2. Adrian Gonzalez, 3. Ubaldo Jimenez, 4. Miguel Cabrera, 5. Joe Mauer, 6. Jose Reyes, 7.Martin Prado.

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New look: Shields has a six-start losing streak, though he picked up a win in a one-inning relief outing June 19. He finally won at Fenway during the Rays' April sweep, having lost his first six tries. Overall he is 4-8, 5.02 vs. Boston.

Nothing lacking: After a rough start to his Boston career, the former Angel has gotten rolling, winning his past four decisions. He is 10-3, 3.71 overall vs. the Rays, though they knocked him around April 19 at Fenway.

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Quote of the day

"I'm really looking forward to getting back to the American League. The National League just wore us out this year."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, reflecting on their 7-11 interleague record

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Number of the day

8.5

Games by which the Rays led the third-place Red Sox on May 23.

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