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Rays notes: Fuld excited about ESPN gig during Home Run Derby

NEW YORK - Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Sam Fuld debuts tonight as an ESPN analysis during the Home Run Derby at Chase Field. He's not quite sure what's in store, although he was told he will analyze some highlights. He also was told to bring his glove. Fuld sees it as a good experience, but admitted he's feeling some stress about being on national TV. "I wouldn't say I'm nervous about it, but a little anxious," he said. "To me it's a great opportunity. I didn't want to pass it up."
Sonny dazed RHP Andy Sonnanstine, who left the clubhouse Saturday without talking to reporters, said Sunday he was surprised when told after Saturday's game that he was being sent to Triple-A Durham, where he will join the Bulls' rotation. "I think I'm going to need a little bit of time to process everything that's happening," he said. "I think just getting out there and pitching is necessary. It's going to be tough. I'm going to have to swallow my pride a little bit and stay as positive as possible." Sonnanstine, who made four starts this season, appeared in 10 games in relief. His lack of opportunities at the big-league level is the reason Maddon said he was headed back to Durham. Maddon said the idea is to stretch Sonnanstine as a starter and let him improve his pitches with the increased workload so he can be recalled if needed. Based on his lack of work coupled with the demotion, Sonnanstine was asked if he thought his opportunities with the Rays may be coming to an end. "I'm not sure," he said. "I'm 100 percent with this organization until I'm not. I don't want to let my mind go down that path."   Noteworthy James Shields' seven complete games are tied for the most since 1990 by the All-Star break. It was his first complete game this season where he didn't earn the victory. His 2.33 ERA is the lowest by a Ray at the All-Star break. … OF Brandon Guyer was sent back to Durham after Sunday's game. … Maddon signed Saturday's lineup card and sent it to Jeter. … Sunday was the second 1-0 game in Rays history that was decided by an error. … The Rays have lost seven of their last 12 and were 2-4 on the road trip.
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