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Tradition in the making?

The Devil Rays and Yankees say traveling halfway around the globe to start the season was grueling and rewarding.

Originally Published: March 31, 2004
By Mai Yoshikawa | Special to ESPN.com

TOKYO -- Regardless of the extremely tight schedule, a 14-hour time difference and all the hype surrounding Hideki Matsui's homecoming, for most players on the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays the experience to start their season in Tokyo was a valuable one.

The Yankees salvaged a split in the two-game series at the Tokyo Dome with a 12-1 victory Wednesday.

Tampa Bay was the "home" team for both games, but that's not how if felt to Tino Martinez.

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