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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-04-08

Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2009-04-08
The Rays found out early that things may not go as well as they did last season.

Just when it looked as if they'd pull out a victory in Tuesday's opener and recapture some of the magic that carried them last season, they failed to come through and ended up losing.

"Sure, absolutely, you can't expect that to always happen," manager Joe Maddon said of late-inning comebacks. "But I want our guys to believe that we can always. I think we taught ourselves a lesson that year that we can do those kind of things, but then you've got to get that same kind of vibe rolling the following year.

"How does that happen? By playing good baseball. We played good baseball today. From my perspective, it's all about working the process. We played well today; they outpitched us. ... But if we play that kind of game on a consistent basis, we're going to win a lot of games again."

The Rays realize life is going to be tougher this season.

"We're not going to sneak up on anybody. We have to get out there and get after it," third baseman Evan Longoria said. "We're going to have to win games. Nobody's going to give us games. And that's going to be the biggest thing for us all year."

RED SOX 5, RAYS 3: RHP Josh Beckett looked as if he were in midseason form to the Rays anyway, holding them to two hits over seven solid innings. Beckett allowed only two hits and struck out 10, and three relievers teamed to strike out four more and allow only one more hit. The Rays hurt themselves by wasting one of their best chances, failing to score with runners on second and third with no outs in the sixth.

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Added: April 8, 2009

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