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RAYS TALES

ROOM WITH A VIEW: It's a nice doublewide locker with a prime location in the Tropicana Field clubhouse, just between the entrance to the players' lounge and the shower. But once Vinny Castilla started working out with the Rays again on the last homestand, he couldn't move out quickly enough. "I heard that Kevin Stocker had it the first year and he broke his hand, and then Tony Saunders had it and he broke his arm," Castilla said. "And now I've been on the disabled list three times." Bobby Smith moved in.

RED, WHITE & BLUE: Bart Johnson, a special assistant to GM Chuck LaMar, is part of the U.S. Olympic baseball squad, serving as advance scout. The question was raised the other day if Johnson would get to march in the Opening Ceremonies. "If he does," manager Larry Rothschild said, "he has to walk ahead of the rest of the team."

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Former Red Sox great Carlton Fisk, speaking in the Boston Globe in support of Pedro Martinez's activity in the Aug. 29 game: "Pitching inside, that's the only way to pitch. I saw that Tampa thing the other day and I almost wanted to puke. That ball, one, never should have hit that guy (Gerald Williams) if he knew what he was doing at the plate, and two, that ball's not at him, it's just to the inside part of the plate and up. That's the way you're supposed to pitch."

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"If I knew I was going to get fined that amount, I would have gotten my money's worth."

_ DAVE EILAND, pitcher on the $1,000 fine he received after being ejected for throwing at Boston batters

DISABLED LIST

Player Injury Likely return

LHP Wilson Alvarez shoulder surgery 2001

RHP Juan Guzman shoulder surgery 2001

RHP Tanyon Sturtze oblique strain late Sept.

BY THE NUMBERS

1: Time Gerald Williams has gone hitless in back-to-back games.

4: Home runs Greg Vaughn needs to join Fred McGriff and Jose Canseco as the only players to hit 30 with four teams.

98: Saves for Roberto Hernandez has a Devil Ray.

_ Compiled by Marc Topkin.

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