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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-16

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-16
--1B Carlos Pena received his Gold Glove award before Wednesday's game, the first won by a Ray. "He deserved it," manager Joe Maddon said. "Last year he was spectacular."

--RHP Jeff Niemann makes his second start Thursday, having struggled immensely in the first inning of his season debut Saturday, then settling down to pitch well. The Rays expect him to less amped up and nervous and more comfortable this time around. "I believe he'll be able to take that second-inning mentality into the first inning," manager Joe Maddon said.

--Veteran OF Gabe Kapler had an interesting 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."

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 16, 2009

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