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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30

Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes 2008-07-30
--OF Rocco Baldelli continues to make impressive progress on his rehab assignment at Class AA Montgomery as he recovers from a rare muscle fatigue disorder. Manager Joe Maddon said -- in the most optimistic assessment yet -- if there are no setbacks Baldelli could rejoin the Rays "relatively soon."

--OF Eric Hinske hit the 100th home run of his career. It might have been his first inside-the-parker, but the umpires clarified their conflicting signals and ruled (correctly) that the ball cleared the center field fence.

--RHP Edwin Jackson starts for the Rays on Wednesday seeking his first career win against the Jays, having been unsuccessful in his first eight games.

--The Rays are only the second team to beat Toronto ace Roy Halladay three times in a season, joining the 2007 Red Sox.

--3B Evan Longoria extended his hitting streak to six games with his second triple of the season. He also extended his team RBI lead to 63, second among all rookies to Texas' David Murphy.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2.76 -- Runs the Rays have averaged in a 17-game stretch though Sunday in which they are 6-11.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "He might have to ice his thumbs after Thursday." -- Manager Joe Maddon, on heavy Blackberry user and executive VP Andrew Friedman heading to the trade deadline.

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Added: July 30, 2008

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