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Are the Rays for real?

Jonah Keri looks at some other teams that surprised with hot starts to see if the Rays will be there all season.

Updated: July 4, 2008, 10:59 AM ET
By Jonah Keri | Special to Page 2

When the calendar flipped over to July, the Tampa Bay Rays stood in first place, with the best record in baseball. And yet, the four horsemen never showed. The seas didn't run red with the blood of their enemies. We didn't even get one sign, let alone seven.

A team without a single winning season in its history suddenly surging to the top of the baseball universe didn't signal a coming apocalypse. It was just surprising.

Or was it?

In addition to the Rays, five other ...

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