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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-12

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-12
--RHP James Shields, as planned, officially dropped the appeal and began serving his six-game suspension. With the Rays off Thursday and Monday, he won't pitch again until June 19 against the Cubs, with eight days between starts.

--OF/DH Jonny Gomes served the last game of his five-game suspension and is eager to return to action this weekend against the Marlins. Bu the Rays now will be without one of their top all-around players -- LF Carl Crawford has to start serving his four-game suspension.

--Manager Joe Maddon was ejected for the eighth time in his two-plus seasons, the fourth time against his former Angels team.

--OF Rocco Baldelli, sidelined all season with a rare disorder that causes muscle fatigue in his legs. played in the final extended spring training in St. Petersburg, going 0-for-5, and said he feels good enough to soon join a minor league team to continue his rehab.

--3B Evan Longoria, who grew up in nearby Downey, Calif., and went to college at nearby Long Beach State, went 6-for-8 with two homers and five RBI in his first homecoming series at Anaheim.

BY THE NUMBERS: 23 -- Total number of games five Rays players were suspended for the June 5 brawl compared to 15 for three Red Sox players.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "The fight was there." -- Manager Joe Maddon, describing his team's overall effort in the June 8 game that featured a dugout dustup between pitcher Matt Garza and catcher Dioner Navarro.

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Added: June 12, 2008

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