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Tampa Bay Rays

Stadium: Tropicana Field | Manager: Joe Maddon
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Hitting beginning to come around

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Notes, Quotes · Roster Report · Hitting beginning to come around

A lack of hitting has been the Rays' biggest issue in their slow start.

But manager Joe Maddon believes they have identified the cause of their problem.

"What was happening was we were getting attacked early in counts everywhere we've been from the very first day with (Baltimore opening day starter Jeremy) Guthrie)," Maddon said.

"We have a reputation of seeing pitches ... and everyone's been trying to get ahead in the count on us and we've been in a lot of bad counts. So I think our guys finally had enough of that and we've attacked earlier in the count because we can.

"We have the DNA of working good at-bats -- also we're going to strike out a lot but we're also going to accept a lot of walks. But there's times when you have to just recognize that if the other team is going to try to take that away from you, you have to react to it. And I think we have."

The Rays have had some better luck too, but there has been an obvious improvement. Since scoring just eight runs in their first six losses, the Rays scored 31 in their last five games -- which includes 16 on Monday -- and won three of them.

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2014 Team Leaders
AVGJames Loney , 1B.288
HREvan Longoria , 3B21
RBIEvan Longoria , 3B87
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SLGEvan Longoria , 3B.404
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