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Rays v A’s: Price looking for 5th win

Posted May 4, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 4, 2012 at 03:38 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG
The Rays begin play tonight a season-best 10 games above .500 despite outscoring teams by only 12 runs.

The Rays are in first place for the 10th straight day while the Yankees and Red Sox occupy the last two spots in the American League – a first in Rays history.

David Price will try to join James Shields as the only 5-game winners in the AL tonight when the Rays begin a three-game series with the A’s.

The Rays have won five straight, 11 of 12 and 12 of 14. They are 12-1 at home, joining the 1997 Braves (12-1), the 2002 Twins (12-1) and the 2009 Dodgers (13-0) as the only teams in the last 25 years to win at least 12 of their first 13 games.

Manager Joe Maddon let those who attended today’s Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon pick the lineup. He did that last year and the Rays beat the Twins, so …

Here is what the TCC picked:

Jennings LF
Upton CF
Peña 1B
Joyce RF
Scott DH
Zobrist 2B
Rhymes 3B
Molina C
Rodriguez SS

We’ll see if Maddon sticks with this. If he does, it will be the first time Upton bats second this season.

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