"What's going on with the booing," said Maddon, with a huge smile. "One of the nicest guys in the history of the United States and he gets booed in Canada. What's going on?"
Maddon also had a message for the Toronto fans.
"Don't boo Eric Hinske," he said. "He's a great guy. I thought, what did he do? Maybe skip town with a couple parking tickets? I don't know. And he gets booed. He's a wonderful young man. One of the finest."
After the game, Hinske said he had an idea as to why the boos were directed at him.
"I never really put up the numbers that I did in my first year, so I think that's why they do it," said Hinske, referring to his Rookie of the Year campaign of 2002, when he when he hit .279 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs. "I never said anything in the paper or made anybody mad. [Toronto] traded me, so I don't know why they boo me."
"The only thing that makes them quiet is if you get a hit," Hinske continued with a smile. "So I just keep trying to get hits."
Hinske, who added that he still loves visiting Toronto, also had a double in Tuesday's win. He will try to provide support for Rays starter Matt Garza on Wednesday in the second game of the series.
TB: RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 6.16 ERA)
In his only career start against the Jays, Garza allowed seven runs on eight hits over 2 2/3 innings.
TOR: RHP Shaun Marcum (3-2, 2.70 ERA)
Lifetime against Tampa Bay, Marcum is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 8 1/3 innings.
Despite the fact that Rays starter Scott Kazmir struggled with his mechanics during his first start of the season on Sunday, Maddon is not worried. "He's going to be fine, he just needs a little more time," Maddon said of Kazmir. "I was concerned about him health-wise, and he seems to be fine." Kazmir missed the first month of the season with a left elbow injury. ... Maddon said on Tuesday that recovering utility man Ben Zobrist could possibly be back with the team in time for their upcoming series against the Yankees. "By the end of the week, I don't think it would be out of the question," said Maddon. ... After his save on Tuesday, Rays closer Troy Percival is now 7-for-7 in save opportunities this season. ... In four games against Toronto this year, Hinkse is hitting .467 (7-for-15) with two doubles, two homers and six RBIs.
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Thursday: Rays (Edwin Jackson, 2-3, 4.98) at Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 4-1, 4.32), 7:07 p.m. ET
Friday: Rays (James Shields, 3-2, 3.80) vs. Angels (Jon Garland, 4-3, 5.08), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: Rays (Scott Kazmir, 0-1, 6.75) vs. Angels (Joe Saunders, 6-0, 2.61), 7:10 p.m. ET