James Shields Leads List of Tampa Bay Rays Who Must Perform in 2011

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James Shields Leads List of Tampa Bay Rays Who Must Perform in 2011
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The Tampa Bay Rays took some big hits this past winter. Obviously, losing Carl Crawford was a big deal, as was losing Rafael Soriano, Joaquin Benoit, and Grant Balfour. And Matt Garza. And Carlos Pena.

This is a team that has considerably lower expectations than in 2010, and for good reason. Many of the biggest role-players for this team are now gone. But hope is far from lost.

These are the top 10 players that the Rays need to perform in order to compete in the American League East this year.

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