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Worth noting

• After a three-run ninth on Wednesday night, the Rays lead the Majors with 30 runs scored in the ninth inning.

• The Rays were 5-2 on the current three-city, eight-game road trip. A win on Thursday would make it the fourth-best three-series trip in club history.

• The Rays were batting .300 with runners in scoring position entering Thursday's game, the best mark in the American League and second-best in the Majors, behind the St. Louis Cardinals (.339).

Chris Vannini is a contributor to
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