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Stepping up: Niemann hasn't won in nearly a month, going 0-2 with a 3.81 ERA over four starts. He beat the Sox in April, allowing two runs over seven innings.

Stepping in: Doubront, 22, is a Venezuelan called up from Triple A to replace injured Clay Buchholz. He beat the Dodgers in his major-league debut June 18.

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Number of the day

50 Size, in ounces, of the Flintstones-esque bone-in ribeye steak bullpen coach Bobby Ramos ate - actually, home clubhouse manager Chris Westmoreland said, more accurately "gnawed to the bone" - during a Saturday staff dinner at Manny's in Minneapolis.

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Good deed of the day

RHP James Shields and wife Ryane cut the ribbon today on the Big Game James Clubhouse, a Tropicana Field suite that over the rest of the season will host 50 youngsters from Eckerd Youth Alternatives, which serves area foster children. The youngsters will get to meet Shields on the field before a game. "It's awesome," Shields said.

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Stat of the day: Doubled up

Evan Longoria logged his 100th career double Sunday in his 359th career game. According to Stats Inc., only five active players did so in fewer games:

PLAYER, TEAM......................GAMES

Dustin Pedroia, Bos..............337

R. Zimmerman, Wash..........338

Robinson Cano, NYY............344

Alex Rodriguez, NYY............347

Hanley Ramirez, Fla............349

Evan Longoria, Rays............359

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