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• Maddon said he was surprised that Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher was dismissed Saturday night.

"I have not been following the NHL too much, but he's such a good guy and such a bright man," Maddon said. "And he's done so well there. Again, I don't know the dynamic, but I wish him and his family well. He was fun to talk to, because he has a lot of great ideas and he's a little bit of an outside-the-box thinker himself. So for all those different reasons, there was an easy affinity toward him. I'm sorry to hear it and I wish the Lightning the best. But this guy here I thought was a pretty good coach."

• Maddon said Kyle Farnsworth checked out fine after dinging the middle finger of his right hand on Saturday while trying to field a ball hit back at him.

• The Rays met with a nutritionist this weekend, at which time they heard the ins and outs of what to eat and what to avoid. Maddon noted that "the kind of fuel that you put in your engine matters." Ironically one of the more sculpted bodies around the Rays clubhouse belongs to former player and current coach, George Hendrick, who is 63 and knows his way around a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

"George is a freak of nature and we've known that," Maddon said. "There is nobody that can eat more doughnuts and look that good in the world."

• Joyce slipped right when the team took the field to stretch before Sunday's game against the Yankees, tweaking his right ankle in the process. Fortunately the Rays outfielder had the ankle taped and, as he said, "I'm good to go."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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