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Piniella brings fire to floundering Rays

Lou Piniella's new team is 2-5, but a feisty spirit and two young outfielders could signal Tampa Bay's turnaround.

Originally Published: April 8, 2003
By Sean McAdam | Special to ESPN.com

No one is getting too excited about the won-loss record -- a lowly 2-5 -- through the first seven games. It will take more than that to energize the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' fan base -- if such a thing indeed exists -- after five straight losing seasons since their inception.

But in the otherwise gray, sterile environs of Tropicana Field, there's a new dynamic in place for the 2003 season and the suggestion that maybe, just maybe, things are going to get better. Certainly not overnight and ...

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