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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-05-02

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-05-02
--RHP Andy Sonnanstine was encouraged with how he worked his way through control issues (four walks, one with the bases loaded) and made in-game mechanical adjustments, minimizing the damage (just two runs on eight hits) to win his first regular-season start since Aug. 18.

--RHP Jeff Niemann starts Saturday with the confidence of consecutive wins, and his manager's advice to throw more breaking balls. "He has an uncanny ability to throw it for a strike, slider and a curveball, which is unusual," manager Joe Maddon said. "It's mostly pitchers have one or the other that he's good with. (Niemann has) two that he's good with and has command of both of them."

--1B Carlos Pena and 3B Evan Longoria tied the team record for April RBIs with 24, matching the totals posted by Fred McGriff in 1999 and Ty Wigginton in 2006.

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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