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Rays @ Tigers: Maddon one win shy of 500 as Rays skipper

Posted Apr 12, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Joe Maddon is one win shy of 500 victories as manager of the Rays.

“I don’t even pay attention to that stuff,” Maddon said before today’s game with the Tigers at Comerica Park. “It’s significant in the sense that it means we’ve gotten pretty good over the last couple of years. Managers’ records are really dependant upon how good your players are, and our players have gotten significantly better the last couple of years, and I just happen to be the steward at that time. It’s cool, it’s great but I really don’t think about things like that.”

Maddon said he wasn’t focused on win totals when he took over the hapless Rays in 2006. He was just looking for wins, period.

“I had no visual expectations, mental expectations about what that number would ever be,” he said. “I knew when I came here it would take a while to flip it, and then after that the goal would be to get to the World Series. We’ve gotten there. Now we got to get there and win it. I’m into numbers, yeah, and I really appreciate what other people do, but I’ve never been motivated by things like that. It just indicates that we’ve gotten a lot better.”

Maddon won his first game on April 3, 2006 in Baltimore. His 100th win game July 29, 2007 against Boston.

“Yeah, that was a tough time,” he said. “That was a tough time.”

Maddon will join Charlie Manuel of the Phillies, Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Ron Gardenhire of the Twins and Jim Leyland of the Tigers as the only current managers to win at least 500 games with their current clubs.

Here are today’s lineups:

Jennings CF
Peña 1B
Longoria 3B
Keppinger DH
Zobrist RF
Rodriguez SS
Lobaton C
Johnson 2B
Joyce LF

Niemann RHP

Jackson CF
Boesch RF
Cabrera 3B
Fielder 1B
Young LF
Avila C
Peralta SS
Dirks DH
Raburn 2B

Smyly LHP (major league debut)

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