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VS. INDIANS

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What's new: The Indians (33-51) are in last place in the American League Central but have won seven of their past 12. After its lost Wednesday, Cleveland was 11th of 14 AL teams in runs (344) and 13th in ERA (4.65). Its lineup has been shaken up since the teams last met, with Russell Branyan traded to the Mariners, Matt LaPorta called up and OF Shin-Soo Choo - the Indians' most consistent offensive threat - put on the disabled list with a right thumb injury.

Key stat: The Indians have six rookies on their active roster, third most among AL teams (the Orioles and Tigers have seven).

Connections: C Kelly Shoppach, below, played for the Indians, and Rays hitting coach Derek Shelton held the same position for Cleveland. Indians RHP Mitch Talbot is a former Rays prospect, RHP Chris Perez is a Bradenton native, and 1B Matt LaPorta is a Port Charlotte native and former Florida standout.

Series history: The Rays won the first two meetings this season, both at Tropicana Field. The Indians lead the all-time series 65-33, including 27-21 at the Trop.

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