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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-05-06

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2009-05-06
--3B Evan Longoria became the first Ray in 12 seasons to win an American League Player of the Month award after hitting .369 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 21 April games. It wasn't that much a surprise since he'd already won two of the first four Player of the Week awards, but Longoria, who gets a 52-inch high-definition TV and a trophy, said it was very special to be honored.

--RHP Matt Garza was "getting too cute" in the early innings Tuesday, so the Rays told him to be more aggressive with his four-seam fastball, and the results were impressive. He worked into the ninth, allowing only four hits. "I like when he's physical," manager Joe Maddon said.

--LF Carl Crawford is headed to the Hall of Fame -- at least his spikes from Sunday's game are, an acknowledgement of his modern-day record-tying six stolen bases against the Red Sox. LF Carl Crawford extended his season-opening streak of stolen bases to 18 on Monday. He also has stolen a base in seven straight games, extending his own club record. The last player to have a streak that long was Corey Patterson, who stole a base in nine straight games in 2006 for Baltimore. Crawford has stolen 20 bases without being caught going back to last season, breaking his team record.

--LHP Scott Kazmir is only 25, but he was giving life advice Sunday to Patrick Schuster, the 18-year-old from nearby Mitchell High who burst into stardom by throwing four consecutive no-hitters. Before throwing out the first pitch, Schuster was asking about his soon-to-be pending decision on whether to attend college at the University of Florida or go pro.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 -- Stolen bases by Carl Crawford in Sunday's game, tying the modern-day major league record.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I wish I had known during the game. I probably would have broken it. At least I would have tried." -- Carl Crawford, on finding out after the game he had tied the modern-day major league record with six steals.

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