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Three members of Tampa Bay's minor league system have been suspended 50 games each after positive drug tests.
Ryan Brett (second base), Charles Cononie (pitcher) and Justin Woodall pitcher) tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine.
The Rays scored 37 runs in their four-game sweep of the Angels, the highest-scoring four-game set in franchise history.
The 2007 Rays set the previous record, scoring 34 runs against the Athletics from August 23-26, 2007.
Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15, the day before they exploded against the Angels.
David Price allowed three hits over seven innings as the Rays defeated the Angels 7-0 on Friday night.
Price leads the American League with 16 wins. Price hasn't suffered a defeat since a a 9-1 home loss to the Mets on June 13.
He is 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in his past nine road starts and 8-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his past 11 starts overall.
"I feel like I've been throwing the ball well," Price said.
"I've gotten a lot of runs early, and that makes my job a lot easier. I can go out there and attack the zone, make people put the ball in play and get early outs so I can go deep into games. I'm not worrying about any individual numbers or anything like that. I'm just trying to help us every five days to get to the postseason, and we'll take it from there."
The Rays have a 2.33 ERA as a team since the All-Star break and have held opposing hitters to a .200 average.
Over the stretch, Tampa Bay has gone 17-11.
The Rays have won eight of their last 11 to surge into the Wild Card lead along with the Orioles.
The Rays went 41-44 and averaged 3.86 runs per game when Evan Longoria was on the disabled list with a hamstring issue.
In the first four games since his return, Tampa Bay is 4-0 and has scored 6.5 times per contest.
"As soon as he walks into the lineup, it just makes it so much better," Carlos Pena said. "You can't quantify really what it means to this ball club. I guess you can look at numbers, but it's so much more than that. Just his presence just lifts us up."
The numbers since he returned are no fluke, the Rays were 15-8 and were scoring 4.61 runs per game before he went on the disabled list in May.
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