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• The Rays took a 77-65 record into Thursday afternoon's game. On the bright side, they were 78-64 at the same point last season, but they were seven games out of the American League Wild Card race. Entering Thursday's game, the Rays were three games out of the Wild Card.

• David Price leads all Major League qualifiers in ERA (2.54) and Fernando Rodney leads all Major League relievers (minimum 50 appearances) in ERA (0.69). In the last 50 years, only twice has a team had pitchers lead in both: the 2006 Twins with Johan Santana and Denys Reyes, and the 1963 Dodgers with Sandy Koufax and Bob Miller.

• Entering Thursday, B.J. Upton had hit four home runs in his last 13 at-bats and 12 in his last 30 games, the hottest stretch of his career. In 2008, he hit eight in a 12-game span, including seven in the first 10 games of the postseason. He has hit 60 of his 119 career home runs (including postseason) after Aug. 1.

• The Rays took a 77-65 record into Thursday afternoon's game. On the bright side, they were 78-64 at the same point last season, but they were seven games out of the American League Wild Card race. Entering Thursday's game, the Rays were three games out of the Wild Card.

• David Price leads all Major League qualifiers in ERA (2.54) and Fernando Rodney leads all Major League relievers (minimum 50 appearances) in ERA (0.69). In the last 50 years, only twice has a team had pitchers lead in both: the 2006 Twins with Johan Santana and Denys Reyes, and the 1963 Dodgers with Sandy Koufax and Bob Miller.

• Entering Thursday, B.J. Upton had hit four home runs in his last 13 at-bats and 12 in his last 30 games, the hottest stretch of his career. In 2008, he hit eight in a 12-game span, including seven in the first 10 games of the postseason. He has hit 60 of his 119 career home runs (including postseason) after Aug. 1.