Manny Ramirez shocked the baseball world Friday when he retired from baseball and quietly left the game, but the former Rays designated hitter did contact his skipper. "I was pretty much taken aback by it, because I didn't expect that to happen," Maddon said of the call. "The fact that he and I have only been together a brief period of time, personally and as an organization, I didn't know if he would be moved or motivated to do that. But he was, and he was very kind in his comments. He expressed disappointment in himself also. But he also had high praise for us as an organization, and as a group. So I felt pretty good about that." Maddon said he took Ramirez at his word, saying he hopes their relationship will remain solid in the future. "I just asked him, in the future, when our paths cross, I want to consider him a friend," Maddon said. "And I want him to be open to conversing, etcetera, and he felt pretty good about that." Monday's game broke a streak in which Rays hitters had struck out at least seven times in each of their nine games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak to begin a season for any team in baseball's modern era (since 1900). The Rays struck out only four times Monday. Red Sox: Crawford keeps eye on Rays
Carl Crawford went 2-for-5 on Monday as his former squad got the best of his current one in a battle of struggling teams. The Rays and Red Sox are both 2-8 in the season's early going, and, much like the Red Sox, Crawford is confident the Rays will pick it up. "They're your former team, so you watch them a little bit," Crawford said. "I'm close to the guys over there, so you keep up with your friends. At some point they are going to play better. Just wait, I think they're going to play better. They have a good pitching staff. They have guys in their lineup who can hit the ball well. You've just got to be careful with them." Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz -- who is 2-for-16 with two strikeouts against Price -- believes the lefty has a chance to be one of the game's elite pitchers. "I don't think he is right now, but he will be," Ortiz said. "CC [Sabathia] was like him when he first started. Now, CC, he doesn't have as much power but he's a better pitcher now. It's just a matter of time [for Price]." Worth noting
Ramirez took No. 24 prior to the season and Johnson switched to No. 29, but with Ramirez's retirement, Johnson has decided to return to his old number. ... Kelly Shoppach (.267, 4-for-14) and Johnny Damon (.292, 7-for-24) are the only active Rays hitting higher than .250 against Lester. ... Red Sox outfielder Mike Cameron is 3-for-3 with a home run in his career against Price.