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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-08

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-08
--DH Pat Burrell has permission to attend the Phillies' World Series ring ceremony prior to Wednesday's afternoon game in Philadelphia, and then return to Boston for the Rays' Wednesday night game. "That's a once-in-a-lifetime event for him, and if he really wants to go, I'm not going to say you can't go," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "As long as we can fit it all in, I'm good."

--OF Carl Crawford is the only remaining player from the opening-day roster in 2003, when the Rays last opened against Boston.

--CF B.J. Upton will play for Class A Charlotte (Port Charlotte, Fla.) from Thursday through Saturday in the final stages of his rehab from offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. If all goes well, he will rejoin the Rays for their home opener April 13.

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 -- Consecutive opening-day starts in left field by Carl Crawford.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "From now on, he's Rickey Burrell, a combination of speed and power." -- Manager Joe Maddon, after Pat Burrell stole a base in Friday's exhibition in Philadelphia, then hit a homer leading off the game the next day.

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Added: April 8, 2009

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