NOTES: The Devil Rays returned home this morning and will enjoy their last day off for two weeks. The Rays are tied with the Dodgers for the fewest home games in the majors with 15. Tampa Bay begins a 10-game homestand Tuesday against the Athletics. It is the second-longest homestand of the season. The Rays have three against Oakland, three against Seattle and four against Baltimore. The Rays were 1-9 against the A's last season, including 0-4 at Tropicana Field.
YOU DON'T SAY
Umpires are not supposed to use replay to make calls, but Bruce Froemming used it Saturday to determine the proper count on hitter Stan Javier after the on-field brawl. Devil Rays manager Larry Rothschild argued that the count was 1-and-1 because that is what Steve Trachsel, who was charting pitches in the dugout, told him. Mariners manager Lou Piniella claimed it was 2-and-1. Froemming went into the Mariners clubhouse to watch a videotape to determine the count. "I told him, "Bruce the count is 2-and-1, I wouldn't lie to you about that,' " Piniella said. "He said, "You'd lie to a snake, we're watching the tape.' " The count was, indeed, 2-and-1.
COUNTDOWN TO 400
Devil Rays first baseman Fred McGriff is closing in on another milestone, 400 home runs. There have been 30 players to hit 400. Here is an update of McGriff's pursuit:
CAREER TOTAL: 398
SUNDAY: Did not play
HOMERS TO GO: 2