Scioscia lauds Maddon's work with Rays

Scioscia lauds Maddon's work with Rays

ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia talked at length about the job Rays manager Joe Maddon, his bench coach in Anaheim from 2000-05, has done in Tampa Bay.

Maddon, who took the Rays to the World Series in 2008, has his club in contention yet again. The Rays entered Monday one game behind the Yankees in the American League East and 5 1/2 games up in the AL Wild Card.

Scioscia could also be in danger of losing his first season series to one of his protégés, as he is 5-0 in all-time season series against Padres manager Bud Black (1-0) and Maddon (4-0). The Angels are 1-2 against the Rays this season with six games remaining, but Scioscia isn't worried about going head-to-head with Maddon, whom he considers a close friend.

"I don't know if manager against manager is really an issue," Scioscia said. "But seeing someone you have a close relationship with achieve so much definitely brings a great feeling to all of us to know how hard he's worked and the great job he's doing over there."