BAD BLOOD: Umpire Gerry Davis said he got a "heads up" from Major League Baseball about the Rays-Red Sox series "because of the bad blood in the past."
The worst of that blood boiled over in St. Petersburg on Aug. 29, 2000, when Gerald Williams charged Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez, who hit Williams with a first-inning pitch. The fight caused five Rays to be suspended a total of 17 games.
ODDS AND ENDS: Piniella said pitcher John Webb, who left the team last week to be with his family in Pensacola after the death of his brother James, should return today or Wednesday. Julio Lugo joined Huff as the only Rays with 40 doubles in a season. Piniella said the team in November will bring outfielders Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford and infielders B.J. Upton and Jorge Cantu to St. Petersburg for a four- or five-day hitting camp. Former Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant was at the game to help celebrate Spanish Heritage night. The Rays will stop collecting monetary donations for hurricane relief after tonight. The team said more than $63,000 has been raised. Fan Appreciation Night has been rescheduled for Wednesday. ESPN Classic is scheduled at 1 p.m. today to show the Rays being no-hit by Boston's Derek Lowe in April 2002.
_ DAMIAN CRISTODERO, Times staff writer
TONIGHT: RAYS VS. RED SOX
PITCHERS: Red Sox _ RHP Derek Lowe (14-12, 5.25); Rays _ LHP John Halama (6-6, 4.45).
NOTES: Lowe has lost his past two decisions, and the Red Sox have lost the past three games he has pitched. In those three starts, Lowe allowed 12 earned runs and 18 hits in 13 innings for an 8.31 ERA. Lowe is 9-3 with 10 saves and a 2.71 ERA against the Rays and has allowed 88 hits with 71 strikeouts and 14 walks in 109 innings. Halama has allowed three earned runs in 14 innings in his past six appearances for a 1.84 ERA. He is 3-4 with a 3.48 ERA against the Red Sox and 3-4 with a 3.00 ERA this season at the Trop.
Leftfielder Carl Crawford became the first Rays player to score 100 runs. Nice. But that's nothing compared to the elite company he joined. Crawford became the 11th major-league player to score 100, steal 50 bases and get 50 extra-base hits. Only five other players have done it the past 50 years: Ichiro Suzuki (2001), Rickey Henderson (1985-86 and '90), Brady Anderson (1992), Roberto Alomar (1993) and Kenny Lofton (1994-96).