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PUT ME IN, COACH: With the Devil Rays' season about to end, outfielder Carl Crawford has an idea to help the Bucs offense. "I think the problem can be easily solved if they call me to come over and put me in the slot," Crawford said. "I'd be more than happy to play for the Bucs. I'm not going to be doing anything for a couple of months. Give me two weeks to get in shape, and I'll be ready to roll. I'm tired of sitting and watching it anyway." Crawford was kidding (we think), but it might not be a bad idea. He was good enough in high school to be offered a scholarship to play quarterback at Nebraska.

_ MARC TOPKIN,

Times staff writer

QUESTION

OF THE DAY

While Ichiro Suzuki chases the season hits record, Barry Bonds has a shot at an equally significant but unheralded mark: times on base. Who holds it?

QUOTABLE

"I think the future's so bright here, I've got to wear shades. Obviously, we've had some tragic injuries, and some things happen. We're going to be a hell of a football team at some point."

_ JON GRUDEN Bucs coach at Monday's news conference

CHECK IT OUT

DECISION '04: Ed Gillespie, chairman of the Republican National Committee, will throw out the first pitch at tonight's Rays game. Also, fans can register to vote for November's election at the 18-wheeler that will be parked in Lot 7A.

ANSWER

Babe Ruth with 379 in 1923 (205 hits, 170 walks, four hit by pitches).

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