The Rays made roster moves involving seven players Friday, which made it their busiest such day in more than nine years. On May 9, 2003, they made moves involving 10 players, adding LHPs John Rocker and Jim Parque, INFs Felix Escalona and Antonio Perez, and OF Jason Tyner while subtracting RHPs Steve Parris and Victor Zambrano, INFs Rey Ordonez and Chris Truby, and OF George Lombard.
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Citizens Bank Park will have a Hazleton, Pa., flavor today. Nearly 100 fans from manager Joe Maddon's hometown will attend the game, traveling to it in two buses. Proceeds from the trip, organized by Maddon's sister, Carmine, will benefit his Hazleton Integration Project. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro provided the tickets. Maddon's mom, Beanie, is also coming.
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Stat of the day
14 Rays players who have been on the DL this season. Only the Red Sox (18), Nationals (16) and Padres (15) have had more
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On Shields: After going 0-3 with a 5.92 ERA during a four-game stretch, Shields has allowed one earned run over his last two starts. A bigger problem is the MLB-high 12 unearned runs he has allowed. He beat the Phillies in 2006 and in the 2008 World Series.
On Kendrick: It has been a rough season for Kendrick, who has lost three straight and given up five or more runs in each outing. Overall, he has allowed 102 baserunners in 63 innings.