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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-06-28

Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-06-28
The Rays were not happy that second baseman Akinori Iwamura's appeal to his have three-game suspension stemming from the June 5 brawl in Boston reduced was denied.

And they were flat out unhappy to find out that Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp, whom they considered the instigator, had his suspension cut from seven games to five.

"First of all, the fact that after the appeal that we made the other day that Aki's suspension was not reduced, I'm kind of baffled by it," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "I don't agree with it at all. I thought it should have been reduced. I thought it was way too severe, because of the fact that we were reacting to a situation. And then furthermore, the guy that pretty much created the entire moment gets his reduced by two (games). Honestly, none of that makes any sense to me whatsoever."

Rays pitcher James Shields, who hit Crisp with a pitch that led to Crisp charging the mound, didn't think it was right that Crisp got the same punishment as Rays DH Jonny Gomes, who came to Shields' defense.

"I'm not happy about it at all," Shields said. "(Crisp) is the one who charged me. He's the one that instigated the whole thing. I don't agree with it ... but there's nothing we can do about it."

RAYS 10, PIRATES 5: Evan Longoria and Eric Hinske each hit three-run homers Friday as the suddenly offensive Rays won their fourth straight. After struggling to score runs in last weekend's series with Houston, the Rays have rung up 37 in their last four games and improved to 48-31.

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Added: June 28, 2008

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