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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-08

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-08
--Carl Crawford made his first start in center since June 2006 as manager Joe Maddon wanted to give CF B.J. Upton a day off and Jonny Gomes a start in left. Crawford said he felt "surprised" and "ambushed" by the move and had a mental lapse on one play but made a good catch on another.

--OF Carl Crawford stole the 300th base of his career, the ninth player in modern history to reach that total before the age of 27. He joined Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Tim Raines, Vince Coleman, Cesar Cedeno, Clyde Milan, Eddie Collins and Sherry Magee. Crawford received a standing ovation from the crowd.

--LHP Scott Kazmir expects the Rays to be received a little differently when they open a two-game series at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night. "I think the fans are going to be a little more on us compared to the past," Kazmir said. "It might be kind of mixed a little bit cause we've been beating the Red Sox and they like that. But coming into their park, I don't think they'll be too happy to see us ahead of them."

--Rookie 3B Evan Longoria had the lead after the first day of fan voting for the final All-Star spot.

--2B Akinori Iwamura extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and is batting .333 (16-48) during the stretch.

BY THE NUMBERS: 55 -- Wins by the Rays through Sunday, matching their total from the 2002 season.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He's the anomaly guy." -- Manager Joe Maddon, talking about RHP Andy Sonnanstine, who has 10 wins without a pedigree.

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Added: July 8, 2008

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