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OUT LOUD

"I'm tired of watching games from the bench and not being able to participate. But slowly I've been able to do more and more stuff. We feel like Sunday's a good time to get things rolling."

— Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon, eager to begin a rehab assignment after being on the disabled list since July 8 because of a groin injury.

GAME OF NUMBERS

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Pitchers in Rays history to record 200 strikeouts in a season. Chris Archer joined Scott Kazmir, Scott Shields and David Price on Thursday.

7

Major league teams for Marlon Byrd since 2012, with San Francisco the outfielder's seventh.

SEE YOU NEXT YEAR?

Jake McGee

RHP, Tampa Bay

The reliever will have surgery on his left knee Friday and could miss the rest of the season. The Rays said McGee, 1-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 36 games this year, is expected to miss from six to eight weeks. McGee was injured on Tuesday night and a magnetic resonance imaging exam on Thursday revealed a meniscus tear in his knee.