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Rays' rotation quietly among MLB's best

Youth coupled with depth makes Tampa Bay's starters a group that can be dominant

Originally Published: February 26, 2012
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The day Luke Scott signed with the Tampa Bay Rays last month, he immediately grabbed his cell phone and dialed up his old friend, Rays ace James Shields.

"Boy, am I glad," a relieved Scott exhaled into that phone, "that I don't have to face YOU GUYS anymore."

By "you guys," he didn't just mean the Rays in general, by the way. Or the 79 defensive shifts the Rays put on hitters like him every night. Or even Joe Maddon's latest hairstyle permutation.

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