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The long fall of All-Star MVP Carl Crawford

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The 2009 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was a landmark event for the Tampa Bay Rays. When the game began on July 14, no fewer than 12 men sitting in the American League dugout were wearing Rays’ uniforms. Five of those were players while the other seven included Manager Joe Maddon and his entire six-man coaching staff. Maddon was the manager – the first and only from Tampa Bay – because the Rays were defending American League Champions. None of…

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NY Times: The magic deserts struggling Rays after a run to the World Series

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After conjuring some ninth-inning magic to defeat the Yankees on Saturday, the Rays are only one game over .500, and quite relieved that a 6-1 run got them there. They have fluttered in fourth place in the American League East every day for almost a month, and have not been higher than third since the first week of the season. Even the manager who could do no wrong one season ago, Joe Maddon, last month had a lineup-card goof cost…

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