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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-21

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-06-21
--INF/OF Eric Hinske knocked in two runs and tied B.J. Upton for the team RBI lead with 39.

--SS Jason Bartlett returned to the lineup after being scratched from Thursday's lineup after fouling a ball off his foot in batting practice.

--C Dioner Navarro caught Astros OF Hunter Pence stealing, the third consecutive runner he's caught. Overall, he has thrown out 13 of 34, a 38 percent rate of success.

--OF Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-3 and was hit by a pitch in his third rehab game at advanced Class A Vero Beach. He will be reevaluated over the weekend as the Rays determine the next phase in his rehab; he has been sidelined with a rare condition that causes muscle fatigue in his legs.

--3B Evan Longoria and RF Eric Hinske both made errors, a rare sloppy night for a Rays team that started the day leading the majors in fielding percentage. They are 8-17 when they make an error and 35-13 in games when they don't.

--CF B.J. Upton threw out the Astros' Miguel Tejada trying to stretch a third-inning single into a double, tying him for the AL lead with eight outfield assists. Ex-Ray Delmon Young, now with the Twins, also has eight.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1,683 -- Number of games it took for the Rays to lose 1,000 times, matching the Padres for fewest among the 14 expansion teams.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's kind of like a recovering emotionalist." -- Manager Joe Maddon, on RHP Matt Garza working to keep his emotions in check.

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Added: June 21, 2008

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