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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-29

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-04-29
--RHP Joe Nelson has become one of the Rays' most effective weapons against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .125 average. "I like Nelson against lefties a lot," manager Joe Maddon said. "As much as any left-handed reliever in this league."

--OF Gabe Kapler's slow start at the plate hasn't discouraged manager Joe Maddon from using him in right field against left-handed pitchers. Kapler is hitting just .219 and does not yet have a hit with a runner in scoring position (0-for-5). An alternative would be switch hitter Ben Zobrist.

--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."

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 29, 2009

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