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Shields up: The Indians have been a problem for Shields, who is 0-4, 4.06 in six starts, and 0-2, 5.11 in three in Cleveland. He has, however, been on an impressive roll, going 3-0, 0.81 in his past four starts and ranking fifth in the AL in ERA.

Master of his domain: Masterson, the former Boston prospect, has been impressive thus far, going at least 6 IP each start, though he is winless in his past two outings. He is 1-4, 6.00 in nine games (five starts) vs. the Rays.

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Historic note of the day

When Matt Joyce led the AL in hitting through Wednesday, it marked the second latest into a season a Ray has been on top in their 14 years of play. The list:


Jason Bartlett....... .373......May 24, 2009

Matt Joyce........... .358......May 11, 2011

Sam Fuld............. .366......April 22, 2011

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Quote of the day

"If anybody's going to pick up the other ball on the field, you would bet it would be Mikey Jaso."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, on his quirky catcher, above, and an odd play in Tuesday's game

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Giveaway of the day

For Tuesday's game against the Yankees, the first 10,000 fans in Rays gear or with a military ID will get a Rays/Navy Seals T-shirt.