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Rays tales

By Compiled by MARC TOPKIN

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 17, 2000

WALK IN THE PARK: It was quite an accomplishment for the Devil Rays to go 45-plus innings over six games without a walk last week. That's 169 trips to the plate without seeing ball four. "That's tough to do," said Fred McGriff, who had the walk that started the streak Sept. 7 and the one that ended it Tuesday. "I'm not sure what it says. You'd figure there was some way to get a walk." There have been more than 71/2 walks issued per game in the majors this season. And the Rays couldn't draw one in nearly a week? "You don't go up there trying to draw a walk," Steve Cox said. "You take them if they give them to you." And what if you really, really wanted to get a walk? "I guess you could do like in Little League," Cox said, "and have everybody go up there fake-bunting."

FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES: We'll assume there was a case of mistaken identity, or the lights were low, or something. Jace Brewer, the 21-year-old rookie recently promoted from Class A, got in the elevator at the team's Cleveland hotel with veteran Ozzie Guillen and asked the longtime White Sox star if he'd been there before. No, Guillen said, he hadn't been to that hotel. No, Brewer asked again, had he been to Cleveland before? "I've played 16 years," an incredulous Guillen said later, "and he asked me that?"

SILENT TREATMENT: Pitcher Bryan Rekar has opted to not speak with reporters since his arrest and subsequent dismissal of charges of misdemeanor domestic battery. Rekar joins a handful of past and present ballplayers who don't wish to discuss their on-field performances. Others, though, were a tad more accomplished.

What they're saying

Howard Bryant, writing in San Jose's Mercury News: "The Devil Rays are quickly joining an impressive list of legendary patsies. They lost their fourth straight to the A's on Friday. The combined score of those losses is 43-4. They could join Joe Louis' Bum of the Month club, be the Washington Generals or the Cincinnati Bengals."

Quote of the week

"It feels like when you have a baby. Man, it's good. It's the best day of the year for me."

-- Wilson Alvarez, injured pitcher, on being cleared to start throwing.

Disabled list

Player -Injury -Likely return

LHP Wilson Alvarez -- shoulder surgery -- 2001

RHP Juan Guzman -- shoulder surgery -- 2001

RHP Ryan Rupe -- blood clot -- 2001

RHP Tanyon Sturtze -- oblique strain -- late September

By the numbers

0: Games started by a Tampa Bay left-handed pitcher this season.

52: Players used by the Rays this season.

169: Plate appearances between walks by the Rays.

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