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Rays had Minor details about Sunday opponent


CHICAGO -- The Rays didn't know a whole lot about the pitcher they were facing on Sunday afternoon in Chicago, but they weren't exactly in the dark, either.

That's because 29-year-old Scott Carroll, who was making his Major League debut, had pitched against Tampa Bay's Triple-A affiliate in Durham.

"It helps a little bit, the fact that you're getting a little bit of advanced information," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I guess he's a lifer. He's played for different teams. I really appreciate that guy that has struggled to get in and finally gets his moment. I think it's great for him."

Carroll, a third-round Draft pick by the Reds in 2007, has been with the White Sox organization since 2012. The righty was 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.

"From our perspective, we got a little info," Maddon said. "I guess he's a sinker guy, gets the ball on the ground a lot, a little bit of a slider pticher. We'll see."

Maddon's approach to Sunday's game was a simple one: Don't make mistakes, and make Carroll work.

"You really have to make them earn their outs," Maddon said. "You don't want to make any mistakes on the bases. When you're facing a first-timer -- or just a young pitcher in general -- to make outs on the bases really bothers me. So I want us to be aware of that and make him earn all his outs."

Tony Meale is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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