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Former Rays taking center stage in Wild Card chase

Former Rays taking center stage in Wild Card chase

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Former Rays taking center stage in Wild Card chase

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays faced a familiar foe on Monday with former starter Matt Garza starting for the Rangers, but Tropicana Field wasn't the only place former Rays were popping up in the heat of the American League Wild Card chase, as Scott Kazmir and James Shields opposed each other in Kansas City.

Five players on the Rays' active roster were acquired in the trades of those two pitchers, including rookie standouts Wil Myers and Alex Torres.

"We've had some pretty good starters here," pitcher David Price said. "Some are still here. Some have been traded away. We like to think we can build guys from the ground up. We drafted Shields. We got Kazmir early in his career. We think we can breed starting pitchers here."

Sam Strong is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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