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Rays: Maddon reclaims "weird" part

Don't forget the 'weird' part

Manager Joe Maddon opened his pregame media session with an interesting clarification. After describing himself Tuesday as a "wuss" in regards to the weather, Maddon said he realized he should have said "weird wuss" — as then-Nationals manager Davey Johnson called him during a June 2012 exchange following the Joel Peralta pine tar incident. "I really can't believe that I misspoke," Maddon said. "And I couldn't agree with him more. He was absolutely right. I am a W-squared."

Seeing Cincinnati

Somehow, despite 40 seasons in pro ball, a love of baseball history and a zest for traveling, Rays manager Joe Maddon had never been to Cincinnati and was eager to explore. "I'm looking forward to the trip," he said. "I've been researching through TripAdvisor (an online travel site) where to go, all the different restaurants. There's some really good listings. … It's going to be interesting."

Numbers of the day

7 Runs scored by the Rays in five losses

66 Innings, of 86 overall, in which the Rays have been shut out

6 Games, of 10, in which the Rays went into the ninth with one or no runs

Quote of the day

"If you're not second, you're seventh. I moved Ricky down."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, playing off calling Wil Myers "Ricky Bobby" from the Talladega Nights movie, on changing the batting order.

Some things about nothing

• Tuesday marked the third time in Rays history they won a 1-0 game when scoring in the ninth inning or later. They beat the Yankees Sept. 13, 2010, on a Reid Brignac homer in the 11th and beat the Indians in Cleveland Aug. 14, 2005, on a Travis Lee homer.

• The Rays are 19-19 all time in 1-0 games. After losing five straight, they have won their past three, beating Oakland April 20, 2013, on a Matt Joyce homer, beating the Yankees July 27, 2013, on a Kelly Johnson single and the Royals on James Loney's RBI single.

• Tuesday was the first 1-0 AL game decided from the ninth on in nearly a year, since the Indians beat the White Sox on April 12, 2013, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. In the interim, there were 14 NL or interleague games decided like that.

Today: Off

Next game: 7:10 Friday, at Reds

Probable pitchers: Rays — LHP David Price (1-0, 4.05); Reds — RHP Johnny Cueto (0-0, 1.93)

On deck

Saturday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (0-1, 3.00); Reds — RH Alfredo Simon (1-0, 1.29)

Sunday: at Reds, 1:10. Rays — TBA; Reds — LH Tony Cingrani (0-1, 2.45)

Monday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Chris Archer (1-0, 1.38); Orioles — TBA

Tuesday: at Orioles, 7:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (1-1, 5.73); Orioles — TBA

Wednesday: at Orioles, 12:35. Rays — LH David Price (1-0, 4.05); Orioles — TBA

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays: Maddon reclaims "weird" part 04/09/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 11:59pm]
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