Against all odds, Rays keep hanging on

Strong starting pitching main reason Tampa Bay could remain playoff contender

Originally Published: July 20, 2011
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

It was a crushing loss, 1-0 in 16 innings Sunday night, during which the Tampa Bay Rays did not advance a runner to third base and went down 1-2-3 in 12 innings. When it was over, Rays manager Joe Maddon sat in his office, at nearly 3 a.m. Monday, saying, "The take-away from this game is that we can play with the Red Sox, and they know it. We can play with the Yankees, and they know it. This is a temporary inconvenience. We are not going away.''

Before that game, you would have believed ...

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