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Evan Longoria, greeting teammates in the dugout after scoring on Carlos Peña’s grand slam, was named AL player of the week.

Evan Longoria, greeting teammates in the dugout after scoring on Carlos Peña’s grand slam, was named AL player of the week.

Number of the day

12 Runs given up by Rays, a season high and most since a 13-5 home loss to Boston on Sept. 15.

Number of the day II

17 Hits given up by Rays, most since Aug. 9, 2008, at Seattle (17) and most at the Trop since Sept. 26, 2007, vs. Yankees (18).

Deja vu of the day

One year ago today (April 18-20, 2008), the Rays lost two of three to the White Sox at Tropicana Field to drop to 8-11. After that, the Rays won six in a row, 11 in a row at home, and went 89-54 (.622) over the remainder of the season.

Packing the Trop

Sunday's game drew 29,142, bringing the final tally to 202,905 for the season-opening seven-game homestand. The Rays are averaging 28,986, a 59.6 percent increase from 2008, when they averaged 18,159 through seven home games.

The dish

Today: Off

Up next: Tuesday at Mariners, 10:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Andy Sonnanstine (0-1, 6.52); Mariners — Jarrod Washburn (2-0, 1.29)

On deck

Wednesday: at Mariners, 10:10, FSN. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-2, 6.35); Mariners — Chris Jakubauskas (1-1, 3.86)

Thursday: at Mariners, 6:40, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 4.58); Mariners — Felix Hernandez (2-0, 4.26)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

White Sox 12, Rays 2


Getz 2b602201.281

Lillibridge ss512012.150

Quentin lf411200.302

Thome dh342220.243

Dye rf422000.370

Owens cf100000.000

Konerko 1b301210.341

Pierzynski c422210.297

Betemit 3b502101.294

Bri.Anderson cf-rf523001.273



B.Upton cf101000.217

Kapler cf302000.174

Crawford lf400002.241

Longoria dh400001.391

C.Pena 1b411002.280

W.Aybar 3b400000.111

Zobrist ss412202.308

Gross rf400000.136

Iwamura 2b301001.302

M.Hernandez c301001.333



Tampa Bay000000200—281

EGarza (1). LOBChicago 8, Tampa Bay 5. 2BThome (1), Dye (2), Kapler (3), Zobrist (2). HRPierzynski (1), off Garza; Quentin (7), off Wheeler; Thome (3), off Wheeler; Zobrist (3), off Floyd. RBIsGetz 2 (3), Quentin 2 (13), Thome 2 (7), Konerko 2 (11), Pierzynski 2 (2), Betemit (2), Zobrist 2 (9). SBB.Upton (3). SFKonerko. GIDPQuentin, Pierzynski, Betemit, Longoria. RISPChicago 5; T.B. 5. DPChicago 1; T.B. 3


Floyd W, 2-1762207914.74




Garza L, 1-15M67754984.58




HBPby Garza (Quentin). T2:54. A29,142 (36,973).

How they scored

White Sox second

Thome walked on four pitches. Dye flied out to Crawford. Konerko grounded out, Garza to Iwamura to Pena, Thome to second. Pierzynski homered to right on a 2-0 count, Thome scored. Betemit struck out. 2 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 2, Rays 0.

White Sox third

Kapler in as. Anderson singled to left. Getz flied out to Kapler. Lillibridge singled to left, Anderson to second. Quentin was hit by a pitch, Anderson to third, Lillibridge to second. Thome grounded out, Zobrist to Pena, Anderson scored, Lillibridge to third, Quentin to second. Dye grounded out, Aybar to Pena. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 left on. White Sox 3, Rays 0.

White Sox sixth

Thome walked on a full count. Dye doubled to left, Thome to third. Konerko hit a sacrifice fly to Crawford, Thome scored. Pierzynski walked on four pitches. Betemit flied out to Crawford. Anderson infield single to short, Dye to third, Pierzynski to second. On Garza's error, Dye scored, Pierzynski to third, Anderson to second. Cormier pitching. Getz singled to center, Pierzynski scored, Anderson scored. Lillibridge singled to right, Getz to second. Quentin flied out to Gross. 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 error, 2 left on. White Sox 7, Rays 0.

White Sox seventh

Thome doubled to center. Dye infield single to second, Thome to third. Konerko singled to left, Thome scored, Dye to second. Pierzynski grounded into a double play, Zobrist to Iwamura to Pena, Dye to third, Konerko out. Betemit singled to left, Dye scored. Anderson flied out to Kapler. 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 1 left on. White Sox 9, Rays 0.

Rays seventh

Owens in as. Anderson in as. Pena singled to right. Aybar popped out to Lillibridge. Zobrist homered to right on the first pitch, Pena scored. Gross grounded out, Getz to Konerko. Iwamura struck out. 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 9, Rays 2.

White Sox eighth

Wheeler pitching. Getz singled to left. Lillibridge grounded into fielder's choice, Aybar to Iwamura, Getz out. Quentin homered to left on a 1-1 count, Lillibridge scored. Thome homered to left on a 0-2 count. Owens lined out to Gross. Konerko flied out to Crawford. 3 runs, 3 hits, 0 errors, 0 left on. White Sox 12, Rays 2.

Quote of the day II

"I believe in this group, there's no doubt about it. I know we have the team here to do it. There's a lot of baseball left."

RHP Dan Wheeler on the Rays bouncing back from a 5-8 start

List of the day

Evan Longoria's 10-game hitting streak, which was snapped Sunday, ranks among the longest to start a season in club history:

13 — Rocco Baldelli (March 31-April 16, 2003)

12 — Delmon Young (April 2-15, 2007)

11 — Jorge Cantu (April 4-16, 2005)

10 — Evan Longoria (April 7-19, 2009)

10 — Carl Crawford (March 31-April 10, 2003)

10 — Brent Abernathy (June 25-July 6, 2001)

Quote of the day

"With all the 'Dig Me Week' that just went on, it's about time we got out of here and just go back to playing baseball."

Manager Joe Maddon on going on the road after Championship Week ceremonies celebrating last season

Award of the day

Manager Joe
Maddon received the American League manager of the year award in a pregame ceremony on the field.

Rays news and notes 04/19/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 2:09pm]
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