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Notes: Young big on fundamentals

Notes: Young big on fundamentals

CLEVELAND -- Call Delmon Young anything you want, but don't call the Devil Rays rookie outfielder flashy -- that's just not the way he plays the game.

"He's not that kind of player," Carl Crawford said. "He's all fundamentals -- that's what he's about. There isn't any flashy stuff in that. The way he's been brought up to play is to do everything fundamentally sound. ... I don't think he's comfortable [acting like a hot dog]. You have to be real comfortable to be a hot dog. I don't think he's comfortable enough yet. You have to be real loose.

"You might see him get more relaxed and more comfortable and smooth out there, but right now, it's like he's doing everything the right way, the fundamentally sound way."

Rays manager Joe Maddon called Young "kind of a fundamentalist at heart."

"The one thing, with his arm, he's missed a couple of cutoffs this year, but for the most part, he wants to do the fundamental right thing," Maddon said. "The way he runs the bases, the way he takes his lead [is fundamentally sound]. Defensively, he takes a lot of pride in his game. I don't see a showboat in there. I think he's fundamentally a fundamentalist at heart. He wants to play the game right. And I don't see, his personality doesn't demonstrate, that he wants to be a showboat kind of guy. He just wants to play it right daily. ... I think he's going to set a nice example of doing it the right way."

Crawford likes the way Young plays the game.

"He's not trying to do too much," Crawford said. "He's only trying to do what he's capable of doing -- not trying to do more than what we're asking him to do -- doing what Delmon can do."

Young played coy when asked about his no-nonsense approach on the field.

"I just haven't had anything to show out on," said Young, a smile spreading across his face. "I really haven't had anything to showcase about. Home runs, I don't know if they're home runs off the bat, so I'm always sprinting."

But would he ever choose the Cadillac trip around the bases?

"Sure, I would," Young said. "But I can't really break it down real quick if I don't know it's going out."

At home: Andy Sonnanstine will start for the Devil Rays on Monday at Jacobs Field -- the ballpark where he dreamed of pitching as a youngster.

The Rays right-hander grew up near Cleveland, so he has attended his share of Indians games, even though getting tickets was easier said than done back then.

"In those days, yeah [it was hard to get a ticket], because they were always sold out," Sonnanstine said.

While in Cleveland, Sonnanstine is experiencing the difficulties of trying to round up tickets for family and friends for his start.

"I'm not sure how many [tickets] just yet," said Sonnanstine. "There will be a lot of people here. ... I'm trying not to worry about that right now. [I'm worrying] more about that [Indians] lineup."

Sonnanstine, a 24-year-old who is 1-2 with a 5.85 ERA in five starts, doesn't anticipate being nervous in front of the home folks.

"I think I'm past that," Sonnanstine said. "[I'm] pretty confident out there, calm and collected. It's just another start."

Iwamura's wife close: Akinori Iwamura's wife, Misaki, is pregnant and due to deliver the couple's first child on Wednesday, when the Rays are scheduled to play a day game against the Red Sox.

"As of right now, he's going to Boston," said Maddon, who noted the Rays third baseman will go home to be with his wife for the delivery.

In addition, Casey Fossum's wife, Kim, is pregnant with the couple's third child and is due later in July.

"So we've got babies all over the place," Maddon said.

Price wins award: David Price, the Vanderbilt left-hander drafted by the Rays with the No. 1 pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, was named CSTV's College Baseball Player of the Year. Price garnered 58 of a possible 80 points from the voting panel. In his final collegiate season, Price finished 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA, and he led the nation with 194 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings.

Texas sophomore outfielder Kyle Russell was second with 56 points, while Florida senior first baseman Matt LaPorta finished just a point behind Russell in third place.

There is no word yet on the progress of the contract negotiation between the Rays and Price.

Up next: The Rays will wrap up their four-game series against the Indians on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Sonnanstine will pitch against Cleveland right-hander Fausto Carmona.

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

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