The Tampa Bay Rays may not get back to the World Series, but they might run their way to the record books.
The Rays' 91 steals through Sunday led the majors and Carl Crawford, who tied the modern single-game record with six stolen bases against Boston on May 3, had more steals (34) than 15 teams.
Crawford has the best stolen-base percentage in AL history, including 34 for 37 (91.9 percent) this year, and his 83.6 percent career success rate ranks third all-time behind National Leaguers Tim Raines and Eric Davis. Crawford is on pace to swipe 95, which would be the most in the majors since Vince Coleman stole 109 for St. Louis in 1987.
Angered by his team's inability to execute in a 5-4 loss to Detroit in the first game of yesterday's day-night doubleheader, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen gave the Chicago players both barrels.
"If this was the 1980s, [none] of these guys would be in the big leagues right now," Guillen raged, "because if you hit .210-.230 and you can't execute, I don't think you should be out here.
"When you can't bunt, hit-and-run, squeeze and move the guy over, you better hit 40 home runs and drive in 140.
"I'll take the blame because that's my job," said Guillen, who named no names. "It was a boring game. Really, really, really bad baseball. Terrible the way the guys played the game."
The outburst hit home: Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome ripped homers as the Sox won the night game, 6-1.
Andrew Gallo, the man charged with killing Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two others in a drunken-driving crash in April, pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder as relatives of the victims looked on in a courtroom in Santa Ana, Calif.
Defense attorney Randall Longwith later said he would seek a change of venue because he believes Gallo cannot get a fair trial in Orange County, home of the Angels.
Struggling slugger David Ortiz had his eyes examined and a Boston spokeswoman said his vision checked out "very well." . . . The Texas Rangers, leading the AL West, gave manager Ron Washington a contract extension through 2010. . . . Rangers centerfielder Josh Hamilton will undergo surgery today in Philadelphia to repair a partial tear in an abdominal muscle. He is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. . . . Part of Tiger Stadium's upper deck came down yesterday, hours after a Wayne County Circuit Judge refused to stop the historic ballpark's demolition. . . . Oakland placed outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left knee.