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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-27
--Veteran LF Carl Crawford acknowledges that the Rays' slow start has been "very" frustrating. "We're in last place," he said. "We're not off to a hot start. We have to turn it around at some point if we're thinking about doing what we did last year. We can't afford to keep losing series like we've been doing. I know it's still early, but at a certain point we have to get it together."

--RHP Andy Sonnanstine called his performance "embarrassing" Sunday after allowing seven runs on 10 hits (both matching his career highs) in four-plus innings, with 12 of the 22 batters he faced reaching base. "It's tough," he said. "It's an embarrassing start. It's something I'm going to have to get through, and hopefully I'll feel a lot better next time out."

--LF Carl Crawford and SS Jason Bartlett are 1-2 in the majors in infield hits, with eight and seven, respectively.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1-7 -- The Rays' record through Sunday against left-handed starters despite signing Pat Burrell and Gabe Kapler to address that deficiency.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not as awful as it seems. We're just not able to put things together with any kind of clumping where we can score some points." -- Manager Joe Maddon, on his team's extended slow offensive start.

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Added: April 27, 2009

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