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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-21


Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-21
--Joe Maddon on Tuesday will manage his 500th game with the Rays, surpassing inaugural skipper Larry Rothschild for most in club history. Maddon has the best winning percentage, .459, with a 229-270 record. Rothschild was 205-294 for a .411 percentage.

--Manager Joe Maddon received his 2008 BBWAA AL Manager of the Year Award prior to Sunday's game. Maddon fell one vote short -- from Terry Pluto, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer -- of being the first unanimous selection in history.

--LHP Scott Kazmir matched his career high by walking six on Saturday and didn't have much of an explanation for it. "I just didn't feel like myself today at all," said Kazmir, who threw 42 balls in 94 pitches. "Right from the very beginning it just felt like nothing was consistent. I was not hitting my spots, not locating at all. ... Just an outing I'd like to forget about and move on."

BY THE NUMBERS: .459 -- Winning percentage of manager Joe Maddon over 499 games (through Sunday), matching Larry Rothschild for most in team history. Rothschild had a .411 winning percentage, going 205-294. Maddon is 229-270.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "With all the 'Dig Me Week' that just went on, it's about time we got out of here and just go back to playing baseball." -- Manager Joe Maddon, looking forward to going on the road after the homestand filled with Championship Week presentations and ceremonies celebrating last season.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

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