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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-08-30

Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-08-30
Friday was a numbers game for the Rays.

The victory was their 82nd of the season, guaranteeing the first winning season in franchise history.

It was their 50th win of the season at home, meeting a goal principal owner Stuart Sternberg set last season.

And it was the 10th victory of the season for left-hander Scott Kazmir, as the Rays joined the Angels as the only teams with five starters with double digits in wins.

And though the Rays, who maintained their 4-1/2 game lead over Boston in the AL East, have bigger goals in sight, manager Joe Maddon acknowledged the accomplishment.

"To get to 82 is obviously important for us as an organization," Maddon said. "We've done it. It's behind us. Now we can go past it."

RAYS 14, ORIOLES 3: Ben Zobrist hit the first grand slam of his career at any level, and Gabe Gross followed with a solo shot Friday as the Rays scored their most runs at home in nearly a year. It was their highest runs total of this season and their second largest margin of victory.

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Added: August 30, 2008

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