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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-05-29

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-05-29
--RHP Dan Wheeler took over for injured closer Troy Percival in the ninth inning and earned his first save since June 8, 2007.

--RHP Matt Garza turned in his best start as a Ray, holding the hot-hitting Rangers to two runs and four hits over eight innings while striking out 10. Garza featured a sharp slider to go with his typically tough fastball.

--1B Carlos Pena leads the American League with 63 strikeouts, but he showed impressive patience in the fifth inning and put the Rays ahead to stay. After the Rangers intentionally walked B.J. Upton to load the bases, Pena took a four-pitch walk to force in the go-ahead run.

--DH Cliff Floyd came out of his recent cold streak in a big way and has now reached base in six consecutive plate appearances.

--RHP Edwin Jackson starts Thursday with a tough test in his bid to become more consistent as he is 0-1 (8.71 ERA) in two prior starts against the White Sox.

--INF Ben Zobrist made his first start since high school in the outfield and did fine, but his stay may be short-lived as the Rays are likely to option him back to Class AAA to make room for INF Willy Aybar to come off the DL, or possibly for a pitcher to bolster the bullpen until RHP Troy Percival's status is determined.

BY THE NUMBERS: 10 -- Games above .500 after play May 25, the most in franchise history, at 30-20.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I didn't think I had that many muscles." -- LF Carl Crawford, joking about being depicted as a super hero on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

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Added: May 29, 2008

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