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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-15
--Veteran OF Gabe Kaplerhad aninteresting and honest take on being struck out Monday by Yankees infielder/outfielder-turned-reliever Nick Swisher: "I've always been lost when a reporter asks me what my most embarrassing moment was because I never know what to say. Now I have my most embarrassing moment," Kapler said. "So to me that's the silver lining, my positive spin on it."

--CF B.J. Upton's spectacular, back-to-the-field catch Monday was still a popular topic of discussion Tuesday. Manager Joe Madden said his favorite parts were the technical aspects. Specifically: "I loved the peek at the wall, that's the part that really turned me on, that's what enabled him to make that catch."

--LHP Scott Kazmir was among the players impressed by the AL championship rings the Rays received in a pregame ceremony Monday. "Classy, very well done," he said. "And they left room for improvement in case we get one step further."

--SS Jason Bartlett had five homers in 2007, but he knows he surprised people by going deep Sunday and Monday, "Everyone's asking me what I'm doing different," he said. "People are asking my wife, too, 'What are you feeding him?'"

BY THE NUMBERS: 17 -- Runs scored on home runs, of the team's first 29 overall, an imbalance that manager Joe Maddon said has to be corrected.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We expect that these two banners are the first of many." -- Team President Matt Silverman, on the hanging of the AL East and AL championship banners at Tropicana Field.

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Added: April 15, 2009

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