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Tampa Bay Rays: Carl Crawford says Red Sox party less; Joe Maddon not satisfied with explanation for Monday's call

Rays vs. Red Sox

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg

TV/radio: Sun Sports, Bay News 9 Espanol; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Starting pitchers

RAYS: RH Jeremy Hellickson (7-4, 3.03)

RED SOX: RH Josh Beckett (5-2, 2.06)

Tickets: $17-$275 at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team store in Tampa, $3 surcharge within five hours of game.

Watch for …

Bounce back: Hellickson is coming off a rough start in Baltimore, having allowed a career-high five runs, including multiple homers. He has faced the Sox twice in Boston, including an April 11 win.

No Joshing: Beckett has been on a pretty good roll, with seven straight quality starts. Passed over for Josh Hamilton as the top pick of the '99 draft, he is 7-4, 3.43 vs. the Rays, including 1-3, 3.96 at the Trop.

Key matchups

Rays vs. Beckett

J. Damon 14-for-48, 2 HRs

Evan Longoria 9-for-29, HR

Casey Kotchman 6-for-16

Red Sox vs. Hellickson

Carl Crawford 1-for-3

J.D. Drew 1-for-3

David Ortiz 1-for-3

On deck

Thursday: vs. Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (7-5, 3.51); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (5-3, 3.59)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

So that is the Rays-Sox difference

Among many things, former Rays/now Red Sox star Carl Crawford offered an interesting take when asked the biggest difference between his former and current employers. "It's a younger team over there so it was like party central all the time," Crawford said. "(In Boston), it's a little more calm, a little more conservative."

Elite company

With his next double, DH Johnny Damon will join this group — all Hall of Famers — as the only players with 100 triples, 200 home runs, 500 doubles and 2,500 hits: George Brett, Goose Goslin, Rogers Hornsby, Willie Mays, Paul Molitor, Stan Musial, Babe Ruth, Al Simmons, Robin Yount.

Quote of the day

"Nobody's got that kind of vision, including Superman."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, dismissing the reasoning umpire John Tumpane provided for Monday's controversial call

Elite company

With his next double, DH Johnny Damon will join this group — all Hall of Famers — as the only players with 100 triples, 200 home runs, 500 doubles and 2,500 hits:

George Brett

Goose Goslin

Rogers Hornsby

Willie Mays

Paul Molitor

Stan Musial

Babe Ruth

Al Simmons

Robin Yount

Tampa Bay Rays: Carl Crawford says Red Sox party less; Joe Maddon not satisfied with explanation for Monday's call 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 12:07am]
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