KANSAS CITY -- B.J. Upton's double Friday night gave him 60 extra-base hits for the season. As a result, the Rays are the first team in Major League history to have two players reach 60 extra-base hits and 40 steals in the same season.
Carl Crawford's 60th extra-base hit came when he homered off Baltimore's Brad Bergesen on Tuesday. It was the second season in which Crawford has reached that mark, making him on the fifth player to do it twice, joining Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker and George Sisler.
Upton has 42 stolen bases and Crawford has 46.
Team meeting a chance for Maddon to recap
KANSAS CITY -- Joe Maddon held a team meeting prior to Saturday night's game against the Royals, but it had nothing to do with trying to motivate the Rays out of their current funk.
"It's something I always do going into either the end of the season or going into the playoffs," the Rays manager explained. "I chose today, because tomorrow's a day game. Monday could be an off-day. Tuesday is going to be busy. So today was the best day to cover the things I wanted to cover, then leave it open for the coaches on Tuesday."
During the meeting, Maddon recapped the season and talked to the team about the goals it had set back in Spring Training.
"Then just remind them about those, and also compliment them on those, because many of the things we had set out in Spring Training came to fruition during the season," Maddon said.
In addition, Maddon said he "re-emphasized certain things to them."
"[I] talked about teams we could be playing and the different obstacles each team will present, generally speaking," Maddon said. "And that was it, pretty much -- recap and review."
Despite the fact the Rays have dropped three straight games and five of their last six, Maddon said he was "really slightly baffled" that everybody seems concerned, since the team has won 94 games this season.
"We've had two not-Rays-like games, I totally agree with that," Maddon said. "But I have a lot of faith in our guys, a lot of confidence in our guys. We will be ready for Wednesday. We still want to win this whole thing."
Longoria being handled cautiously by Rays
KANSAS CITY -- Evan Longoria sat again on Sunday while still nursing a sore left quadriceps.
"He's doing great, he looks good," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's moving along really well."
However, Maddon pointed out that the team's head athletic trainer, Ron Porterfield, still felt they needed to remain cautious, based on the nature of Longoria's injury.
"I think the more cautious we are right now, the better chance he'll have of playing third base regularly as opposed to playing the DH, which would really cause all kinds of things, lineup-wise, that I don't really want to have to do," Maddon said.
After Friday night's performance, James Shields will finish the season at 13-15 with a 5.18 ERA. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to the 2010 season, only three pitchers lost 15 games with an ERA above 5.00 for a team that went to the playoffs: Jason Marquis for St. Louis in 2006 (14-16, 6.02), Carlos Silva for Minnesota in '06 (11-15, 5.94) and Dennis Martinez for Baltimore in 1983 (7-16, 5.53). A.J. Burnett of the New York Yankees will also join this club (10-15, 5.33) this year. ... B.J. Upton now has a career slugging average of .629 (61-for-97) in October, including the 2008 postseason. ... The Rays have played eight consecutive games in less than three hours, their longest streak since 2006 when they had several nine-game stretches. Their last eight games have averaged two hours and 31 minutes. ... With 795 runs scored, the Rays need nine runs in the final two games to eclipse the club record of 803 runs set last season. If they reach 800 runs, they could become only the second team in the modern era (since 1900) to score 800 or more runs and hit below .250. The 1991 Tigers batted .247 and scored 817 runs.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.