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Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays can hardly believe they got Jose Bautista out; Evan Longoria would prefer a short minor-league rehab

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.

Today: Off

Up next: at Twins, 8:10 p.m. Tuesday, Sun Sports

Probable pitchers:

Rays

RHP Wade Davis (2-2, 2.73)

Twins

LHP Francisco Liriano (1-3, 7.40)

On deck

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

Tampa Bay Rays news and notes: Rays can hardly believe they got Jose Bautista out; Evan Longoria would prefer a short minor-league rehab 04/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 5:13am]
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