Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Crawford Ties Huff’s Hits Record
Posted Jun 4, 2007 by Aaron Knox
Updated Jun 4, 2007 at 05:50 PM
Rays LF Carl Crawford tripled and scored in the eighth against Kansas City. The hit was No. 870 in Crawford’s career, tying him with former Rays IF Aubrey Huff for the franchise’s all-time record.
Also, here’s a preview of tomorrow’s notebook item, which comes from a conference call with prospective No. 1 overall draft pick David Price:
ST. PETERSBURG – Vanderbilt University LHP David Price said Monday during a conference call with Florida reporters that he’s taking nothing for granted, even though most of the baseball world would be stunned if the Devil Rays took anyone else Thursday with the first overall pick in the amateur draft.
“I’m sure everybody in the nation watched the NFL draft and what happened to [Notre Dame QB] Brady Quinn on draft day,” said Price, referring to Quinn’s unexpected, precipitous drop down the draft board. “I can’t think I’m going to go first overall. I’ve got to be prepared to go wherever I go and perform for that team.”
That said, Price already sounded like a Rays fan when he was asked to give his impressions of the organization.
“They are going to have a great team,” Price said. “They have leaders like Scott Kazmir and Carl Crawford leading the crop of, obviously, young, great players. With leaders like that on the mound and in the outfield for you, it’s going to make it a lot easier and a lot funner to play. Manager Joe Maddon is one of the great managers in baseball. They’re obviously a very talented team. It’s a matter of time before they really, really start competing for pennants.”
Price, a junior, is 11-0 with a 2.59 ERA, 192 strikeouts and 31 walks in 17 starts for the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament champions.