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STEPPING UP

The Rays were the second big-league team, and fifth in the four major sports, to reach the championship series the year after having the worst record, and none have won:

1949-50 NHL Rangers Lost to Red Wings

1958-59 Maple Leafs Lost to Canadiens

1958-59 NBA Lakers Lost to Celtics

1991 MLB Braves Lost to Twins

Historical note of the day

Rays CF B.J. Upton not only tied the Series record when he stole three bases in Game 3, but, according to Elias, he also became just the second player in Series history to steal second and third then score on an error by the catcher. The first? Honus Wagner - in Game 5 of the 1909 Series.

Free food note ...

As a result of Jason Bartlett's Game 1 stolen base, Taco Bell today will offer a free crunchy seasoned beef taco to all customers from 2-6 p.m. (No purchase required, one per person.)

Quote of the day

"People can say things, just don't start throwing things. And the cussing at little girls is really bizarre to me."

Manager Joe Maddon, on the improved conditions for Rays' family members in Game 4 compared to Game 3.

Power show

The two Game 4 home runs gave the Rays an AL record 25 for the postseason. A look at the most powerful postseason teams:

Year Team HRs Games

2002 Giants 27 17

2004 Astros 25 12

2008 Rays 25 15

2002 Angels 24 16

Numberof the day

31 World Series at-bats, combined, for Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria before their first hits (which came back-to-back)

Flashback of the day

On June 16, 2003, the Rays and Phillies played in the Hall of Fame exhibition game in Cooperstown, N.Y. The Phillies called up a prospect from their Class A Lakewood farm team to start named Cole Hamels. Two of the Rays in the lineup that day were Rocco Baldelli and Carl Crawford.

Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

On what it would mean to be a champion in Philly:

"I think it would be great for me to be called world champion here or in Buena Vista where I grew up, or in Florida where I live, or in Japan. I think it would be great, really."

Rays manager Joe Maddon

On what the 1980 World Series meant to him as a fan:

"I hate to disappoint you right here, man, but I wasn't really that much in tune to the whole situation (the Phillies beating the Royals in six games). ... I wasn't a big Philly fan and it didn't make a whole lot of difference to me. I was a Cardinal fan at that particular juncture."

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