Quote of the day I
"We were calling for the ball at that point."
Manager Joe Maddon after the Rays retired Jose Bautista — on a screaming liner — for the first time in his 11th plate appearance of the weekend
Comparison of the day
2.71 Rays ERA during their 10-3 run.
4.73 Rays ERA during their 1-8 start.
Number of the day
13 Games, of 22, in which Rays starters have gone seven or more innings, tops in the majors.
Up next: at Twins, 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sun Sports
RHP Wade Davis (2-2, 2.73)
LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40)
Wednesday: at Twins, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (0-3, 7.08); Twins — Nick Blackburn (1-3. 4.01)
Thursday: at Twins, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (1-2, 4.32); Twins — Scott Baker (1-2, 3.24)
Friday: vs. Angels, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (3-2, 3.19); Angels — TBA
Saturday: vs. Angels, 1:10, Ch. 13. Rays — James Shields (2-1, 2.35); Angels — TBA
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Quote of the day III
"I might just rack up some pay-per-view charges."
OF Sam Fuld, on plans to spend most of today's much-needed off day in bed watching movies
Chart of the day: April power
Longest April hitting streaks in team history:
13: Johnny Damon, 2011
12: Carlos Peña, 2009
12: Delmon Young, 2007
12: Randy Winn, 2002
Quote of the day II
"I know I didn't spend that much time in the minor leagues, but I don't want to go back and spend any more."
3B Evan Longoria, lobbying for a shorter rehab assignment