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Give some credit to early architects of D-backs, Rays

Originally Published: May 6, 2008
By Jonah Keri | Special to ESPN.com

They play on opposite ends of the country and in different leagues and have vastly different track records. But the Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays are also alike in many ways. They're expansion cousins celebrating their 10th anniversary seasons, armed with an army of great young talent. And five weeks into the 2008 season, both teams are playing their best baseball in franchise history.

The stewards of these two teams, Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes and the Rays' two-headed ...

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