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Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes


Tampa Bay Rays Notes, Quotes
--1B Carlos Pena received his 2007 AL Silver Slugger award prior to Sunday's game. Pena was the first Rays player to win a Silver Slugger, which is voted on by coaches and managers and goes to the top offensive player at each position.

--Behind RHP James Shields on Friday and LHP Scott Kazmir on Saturday, the Rays posted back-to-back shutouts for just the fourth time in team history, most recently since Sept. 3-4, 2003, when Doug Waechter and Jorge Sosa blanked the Mariners.

--DH Cliff Floyd was activated from the DL after Friday's game and was in the lineup Sunday. He saw his first action since April 11 right knee surgery, knocking in two runs with a pair of singles. "He makes a huge difference for us," manager Joe Maddon said.

--RHP Gary Glover (shoulder) will be activated Monday after a brief stint on the DL, and the Rays made room by saying that LHP Kurt Birkins, who filled in impressively, would be optioned to Class AAA Durham. INF Ben Zobrist also could be activated on Monday; he will have a procedure in the morning to have pins removed from his fractured left thumb and will be checked after that. RHP Al Reyes (biceps tendinitis) could be back later in the week.

--DH/OF/1B/3B Eric Hinske's playing time may be reduced slightly with the return of DH Cliff Floyd from the DL. Floyd will become the primary DH, with Hinske likely starting in right field against right-handed pitchers and filling in at first and third.

--RHP Andy Sonnanstine's winning streak ended at four as he showed an uncharacteristic lack of command in allowing eight hits and walking two while lasting just five innings.

BY THE NUMBERS: 5 -- Games over .500, at 21-16, for the first time in the franchise's 11-season history.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We feel like we're going to win every game right now." -- Left fielder Carl Crawford.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 12, 2008

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