"I'm succumbing to the pressures of `Free Jonny Gomes,'" he said. "He's been working his butt off. He's been taking great BP, he's been working in the outfield - same thing with Brendan. These guys got to play. We've got to keep them sharp, because when we do need them at some point we need to have given them this opportunity to stay kind of sharp."
Also, someone--not Maddon--cut out the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's story from last night's game and taped it up above the lineup card in the Rays' clubhouse. Three words in the headline were heavily highlighted: "Rays, of all teams, halt Santana's run" Easy motivational ploys never hurt, right?
"There's probably a lot of things being written about us that are not very complimentary, so if we can utilize those things in any way to spur us along, it'll be a good thing," said Maddon. "Sort of like the football mentality; I'm big with the football mentality."