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Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-06-26


Tampa Bay Rays Inside Pitch 2008-06-26
All the concern about the Rays' stagnant offense vanished Wednesday.

For a night anyway.

The Rays racked up season-high totals in a 15-3 win over the Marlins and hope it's the start of things to come.

"We just needed that kind of an explosion," manager Joe Maddon said. "Hopefully that gets us going. And you get it through confidence. The work's there, the mechanics are there, all that other kind of stuff.

"It's about how you feel about yourselves. So maybe after tonight we have a better feeling."

After scoring 10 runs in a game only once in the last month, they scored 10 in a 14-batter, 27-minute, 59-pitch top of the fifth inning, as the first nine Rays reached based and scored.

As much as the Rays accomplished Wednesday, it will only matter if they carry it over.

"Everything's in place, we just have to go out and execute it," Maddon said. "It's just like any other facet of the game. You get hot at it and all of a sudden -- boom -- it takes off. And maybe this is something that could get us unstuck and get us going in the right direction."

RAYS 15, MARLINS 3: Carl Crawford hit two home runs as part of a season-high outburst, and the Rays moved to a franchise-high 15 games over .500 (46-31).


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: June 26, 2008

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