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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-24

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-24
--3B Evan Longoria's approach in RBI situations has been impressive, manager Joe Maddon said. "A real RBI mentality to me is a guy who is going to do what he's done the last couple of times, and that's drive the ball to right-center," Maddon said. "If they're not going to give you the pitch to power the ball to left field with, and you don't make the adjustment, it's very difficult to have that kind of mentality to drive in that one-run-at-a-time thing. What he's been doing more recently has been fabulous."

--LHP Scott Kazmir could relate to what high school star Patrick Schuster was doing, throwing his Florida state-record fourth straight no-hitter. Kazmir did the same his junior year at Houston's Cypress Falls High. "Those," he said, "were the good old days."

--3B Evan Longoria had three hits and knocked in three runs Wednesday, surpassing the career 100-RBI mark in his 135th game. That's the third quickest among active players, trailing only Ryan Braun (118 games) and Albert Pujols (131).

BY THE NUMBERS: .458 -- Winning percentage of manager Joe Maddon over after he managed his 500th game on April 21.

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.

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Added: April 24, 2009

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