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Rays learned about themselves in three games at Fenway

Updated: August 6, 2009, 4:11 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- When you're part of the Boston Red Sox, sinewy and, for the past four years, almost completely unburdened, challenges such as the one posed by the fresh-faced, untested Tampa Bay Rays over the past three games have often been a welcome affirmation of your hard-won elevation from the old days (a talented club constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown) to the new (iron-edged champions famous for breaking the will of the club in the other dugout).

It is a psychological advantage ...

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