Notes: Crawford's fate still up in the air
League is undecided on punishment for slugger's tirade
ST. PETERSBURG -- Prior to Tuesday night's game there was no news as to whether Major League Baseball would take any punitive action against Carl Crawford for his Monday night tirade against first-base umpire Paul Nauert.
"They haven't told me anything yet," Crawford said. "I hope [I'm not suspended]. I can't really say what's going to happen. I don't know."
Crawford said he has never gotten "angry in front of the public like that" before.
"I just was really [mad] at the time," Crawford said. "Not so much about me not getting a hit. That was an important part of the game -- where a big inning we could have taken the lead. It wasn't about me. That was bad."
Crawford hit what appeared to be a run-scoring infield single, only Nauert called him out, and replays showed that Crawford beat the throw and that first baseman Kevin Millar's foot was off the base. Crawford couldn't believe the call and jumped in the air, double-pumping before slamming his helmet down off the infield clay.
"I saw his foot off the base, I saw me beat the throw," Crawford said. "I saw everything. I was like already pumping my fist because I knew I was safe already. It surprised me more than anything."
Nauert ejected Crawford immediately. Rays first-base coach George Hendrick got in between Crawford and Nauert, which turned out to be a good thing.
"I still haven't watched the tape, all it will do is make me mad again," Crawford said. "I had a migraine last night when I went home."
Crawford said he could name about 10 bad calls that have gone against him this year.
"We're going to stick to the one from last night," Crawford said. "I don't know, I never got into it with the umpires. I don't really talk back much. But for some reason, calls always go against me a lot of times. If I've done something to the umpires that I don't know about, I'd like to take this time to apologize. I'm definitely getting tired of these situations happening."
Crawford did not actually touch Nauert; Hendrick did while holding back Crawford. "Well, George should actually get the suspension I think," Rays manager Joe Maddon said with a twinkle in his eye.
Rookie magic: Rays rookies Akinori Iwamura and Delmon Young have combined for 276 hits. In the last 20 years only four sets of American League rookie teammates have combined for 300-plus hits. The last pair to turn the trick was Angel Berroa and Ken Harvey with Kansas City in 2003 when they combined for 310 hits.
Three for .300: With Crawford (.313), B.J. Upton (.311), and Young (.297), the Rays have a chance to have an all .300 outfield. Cleveland was the last team to accomplish the feat when Albert Belle, Kenny Lofton, and Manny Ramirez played outfield for the Tribe in 1996.
Down on the farm: The Triple-A Durham Bulls, Double-A Montgomery Biscuits and Class A Columbus Catfish all begin playoff action on Wednesday. Rays Minor League teams have a combined record of 367-329 (.527) with Hudson Valley the only team with games remaining on the regular season scheduled; the Renegades have four left. Regardless of what happens, the Rays will finish with the second best Minor League record in franchise history. The best season came in 1998, when they put together a record of 335-293.
This and that: The Rays still have no news on whether Rocco Baldelli will return this season. ... Major League Baseball has not yet returned Iwamura's bat, which was confiscated by umpires during Saturday's game with the Yankees. On Tuesday, MLB announced the third baseman's bat was in full compliance with Major League Baseball's bat regulations and didn't show any signs of tampering and/or alteration ... Ben Zobrist (right oblique strain) is said to be making progress, but Maddon said he doesn't expect him to be ready by the end of the season.
Up next: The Rays and Orioles will play the final game of their three-game series Wednesday night in a 7:10 p.m. ET contest at Tropicana Field. Right-hander Andy Sonnanstine (4-9, 5.88 ERA) will start for the Rays and will be opposed by right-hander Liz Radhames (0-1, 7.00).
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.