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07/07/08 6:22 PM ET

Crawford steals 300th base vs. Royals

Outfielder swipes second in the first inning on Monday

ST. PETERSBURG -- Carl Crawford's first-inning steal of second base brought him his 23rd steal of the season and gave him career stolen base No. 300.

"Three-hundred steals is nice," Crawford said. "Coming into this thing, I never thought I would have gotten that many in my entire career."

Akinori Iwamura was on third base when Crawford stole with no outs. An errant throw from Royals catcher John Buck allowed Iwamura to score and Crawford to reach third base.

With Crawford standing safely on third base, Tropicana Field's video scoreboard in right field informed the crowd of Crawford's feat and a standing ovation followed. Crawford tipped his hat then scored on Evan Longoria's RBI single.

At age 26, Crawford became just the ninth player since 1900 to reach 300 steals before the age of 27 joining an elite list that includes: Rickey Henderson, Ty Cobb, Tim Raines, Vince Coleman, Cesar Cedeno, Clyde Milan, Eddie Collins and Sherry Magee.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.