Posted on: June 27, 2010 3:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 1:24 am

Longoria, Upton have dugout altercation

Justin Upton

In what is becoming something of a trend in the last couple of days, teammates had heated words for each other in the dugout.

This time it was the Rays' B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria and Upton was restrained by teammates from going after Longoria. Here's how the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin described the action :

That came after Upton didn't run hard to chase down a ball hit into the gap that became a triple for Rusty Ryal in the top of the fifth. It appeared Longoria initiated the confrontation by saying something and Upton reacted angrily and had to be restrained by Willy Aybar.

Upton took his normal turn batting in the fifth and walked, than was picked off.

I'm sure there'll be more updates later, and we'll have the he-said, he-said following the game. Or more likely, everybody says, "it's no big deal, it happens in the course of the season."

UPDATE: On Twitter, Topkin says Upton declined comment and Joe Maddon will decide later if there will be any discipline.

UPDATE 2: Another from Topkin's Twitter account : Upton changes course, does talk and says the matter has been settled, it was a "difference of opinion." That opinion, from what we saw, was that Longoria thought he dogged it, Upton disagreed. Longoria says the issue has already been "buried."

UPDATE 3: The Tampa Tribune 's Tony Fabrizio has more up on the newspapers' Rays blog .

From Maddon: "B.J. came in off the field after that particular play, and everybody saw it, and some guys were not real pleased. I was walking down that way, and certain things were said. It’s not unlike what had happened a couple of years ago at Texas, where we had the [Matt] Garza-[Dioner] Navarro confrontation. It’s something that happens during the course of a major league season. It happens on many teams, actually. It’s just one of those moments that happen, and now it’s up to me to handle it properly."

Upton: "Over the course of the season, it’s going to happen. It's done with and over."

Longoria: "B.J. is an emotional player. When we’re not playing up to our potential, things get multiplied. I don’t think it got that out of hand, to be honest with you. It looks a lot worse from the outside."

So if you're keeping score, that's two, "it happens in the course of the season" quotes out of three. Not too shabby.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 27, 2010 2:38 pm

Crawford's return uncertain

Carl Crawford Carl Crawford still isn't back for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Crawford isn't playing today against the Diamondback, but hopes to be back for Tuesday's series against the Red Sox, although that too seems in doubt.

"When y'all see my name in that lineup, that means I'll be ready to go, as of right now, I'm still the same," Crawford told reporters, including the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin . "I was shooting for today and it wasn't right, so we're shooting for Tuesday again."

Crawford, who is dealing with a sore left shoulder, swung the bat before Sunday's game, but hasn't thrown yet.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 25, 2010 10:10 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2010 11:20 pm

Individual achievement over the greater good?

Edwin Jackson What price is glory?

For the Arizona Diamondbacks and Edwin Jackson, it may be 149 pitches.

That's how many pitches needed to throw the second no-hitter in Arizona Diamondbacks history, a 1-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the most pitches thrown in a game since Livan Hernandez threw 150 in 2005.

Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch left Jackson in despite him having thrown 134 pitches through eight innings. In all, Jackson walked eight batters, including one in the ninth. He also hit a batter and had one base runner reach on an error. However, he  did get helped out when Miguel Montero ended the eighth inning by throwing out pinch-runner Carl Crawford trying to steal. He also got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the third inning.

"I told [Hinch] I'm not coming out," Jackson said.

According to the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin , Hinch said he "stopped counting at 115."

At some point, doesn't a greater good come in effect over the chance at history? Does the individual achievement outweigh what the team's needs and the pitcher's future? Although Jackson debuted in the majors in 2003, he won't turn 27 until September.

On the other hand, the Diamondbacks are 29-45 and going nowhere this season, they can afford to rest him later in the year or even skip a start soon, as Jackson suggested after the game.

Jackson has proven to be a workhorse, having thrown more than 120 pitches twice already this season. He threw 132 in a game last year and two more 120-plus pitch starts for the Tigers in 2009. But 149 pitches? Is that too much? Only time will tell.

What about the Rays? Tampa has been no-hit three times in less than one calendar year -- a perfect game by Mark Buehrle on July 23, 2009, the perfect game by Dallas Braden on May 9 and this imperfect no-hitter.

It is the fourth no-hitter of the season. There were seven no-hitters in 1991.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 5:27 pm

Crawford's shoulder still sore

Rays outfielder Carl Crawford hoped he would wake up feeling better after tweaking his left shoulder on a throw Thursday night, but said Friday it still hurts. There are no plans to send him for tests at this point, but it looks like he's going to miss at least a couple of additional days.

Losing Crawford for any appreciable length of time would be a huge blow to the Rays. The three-time All-Star represents a big part of the Tampa offense, and they're going to need all the offense they can get if they are going to win the American League East.

Crawford, 28, also is a free agent after this season, so you know he'd like to pile up some big numbers.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 25, 2010 9:44 am

Upton vs. Upton

B.J. Upton The stakes will be a bit higher, but the matchup will be quite familiar.

The Brothers Upton, who played countless baseball games in their Virginia yard as kids, will meet in an organized game Friday night for the first time when B.J. Upton's Rays host Justin Upton's Diamondbacks.

"You never think one of your kids is going to grow up and become major-league baseball players, let alone both," their father, Manny, told the Tampa Tribune. "That's unbelievable. They can get drafted, but they still have to go through all those steps to make it that far. It's a blessing, because that is not handed to you."

B.J. (pictured), the older of the brothers by three years, was the second pick of the 2002 draft. Justin was the first pick in 2005. They expect about 70 relatives to attend each game of the series.

"Incredible," Manny said. "You know B.J. hits a lot of balls to the opposite field. Where does Justin play? Right field. And B.J. plays center field, and he can go gap-to-gap. I imagine if one of them robs the other of a hit, there'll be some trash talking."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 25, 2010 2:06 am
Edited on: June 25, 2010 9:15 am

St. Pete mayor tells Rays they must stay in city

St. Petersburg mayor Bill Foster told the Rays they are welcome to amend their contract with the city and explore a new park, but it must be within city limits, according to a document acquired by the Tampa Tribune .

The Rays' lease of Tropicana Field runs through 2027, but owner Stuart Sternberg held a press conference Monday to say the team was looking for stadium sites throughout the Tampa Bay region.

Foster, however, sent a memorandum to the city council, Pinellas County Commission and Sternberg.

"One thing you and I can never ignore is the previous investment and commitment made by your residents and the commitment made by Pinellas County," Foster said at city council committee meeting. "It was not the region's effort."

City attorney John Wolfe told the paper that the team is trying to pit St. Petersburg against Tampa for the Rays.

Foster wrote that the city is "ready, willing and able to explore future facility sites located in St. Petersburg."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 24, 2010 4:31 pm

Rays option Navarro, recall Joyce

Matt Joyce The Rays have optioned catcher Dioner Navarro to Triple-A and recalled outfielder Matt Joyce.

Navarro had a poor .210/.291/.286 line on the year in 121 plate appearances, continuing a 2009 trend of futility after a 2008 breakout in which he posted a .757 OPS. The 26-year-old will head to Triple-A and attempt to get his head screwed on straight while John Jaso and Kelly Shoppach split catching duties in the bigs.

Joyce finally receives a long-awaited recall to the show. The 25-year-old impressed in 242 at-bats for the Detroit Tigers in 2008 before being shipped to Tampa for Edwin Jackson. He only saw 11 games of big-league action in 2009, and began 2010 on the disabled list with a right elbow strain. Once healed, he was sent to Triple-A where he crushed the ball. Joyce posted a .293/.435/.478 line and still profiles as the Rays' right fielder of the future.

Joyce was recalled to help soften the blow of losing Carl Crawford, who left Thursday's game with left shoulder soreness and will be evaluated as to the severity of the injury. At the very least, he should sit out Friday's game.

Joyce figures to get the call ahead of backup outfielder Justin Ruggiano in the field, although the Rays could opt to go with Ben Zobrist in left, Sean Rodriguez in right, Jason Bartlett at short and Reid Brignac at second. However, that would leave Willy Aybar as the only middle infielder on the bench and he only sparingly plays second.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Matt Joyce, Rays
Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:19 pm

Rays' Pena calls team meeting

Tampa Bay's Carlos Pena called a 10-minute team meeting before batting practice to give his squad a pep talk, the St. Petersburg Times ' Marc Topkin reports .

"In essence, basically I was just saying that whatever's going on around us, our only goal, or immediate goal, or intent, is just to play our kind of baseball and everything else will take care of itself," Pena told Topkin.

The Rays have lost 16 of their last 26, seven of their last 10 and their last two. Tampa Bay is tied with Boston, 1.5 games behind the Yankees in the American League East.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Carlos Pena, Rays
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