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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-11-29

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-11-29
--OF Fernando Perez, who provided a big lift once he was promoted to the Rays in September, is working on his left-handed hitting with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuela Winter League. The switch hitter, named the Rays' minor league player of the year in 2008, hit .389 through his first five games.

--C John Jason, who wasn't on the roster but spent the entire postseason with the Rays, is working on his game with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuela Winter League. He had just three hits in his first 16 at-bats, but he did manage to draw four walks.

--1B Rhyne Hughes led the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League in batting with a .394 average. He had five home runs and 27 RBIs.

--LHP Trever Miller is not coming back next season, so the Rays could turn their attention to free agent LHPs Darren Oliver, Arthur Rhodes and Will Ohman.

--C Mike DiFelice, who spent most of the year with Class AAA Durham before being released Aug. 30, is interested in playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He might be interested in the opening in the Rays TV booth if he doesn't hook on with a team by spring training.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 -- Rays to receive the Tony Conigliaro Award: Rocco Baldelli this season and Dewon Brazelton in 2004. Baldelli, who missed the first 4 1/2 months of the season because of a muscular disorder, received the award for his display of spirit, determination and courage.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Honestly, I'm kind of at a point where I need to show that I can be a dominant player. And I've shown that at various points in my career. Kind of the more you show that, the more that becomes undeniable, and somebody has to pay attention to you or start using you. So that's really all I'm planning on doing." -- OF Fernando Perez, on what he needs to do to stick with the Rays in 2009.

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Added: November 29, 2008

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