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Rays bring more than fists to fight against Red Sox

Updated: October 10, 2008, 12:40 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When the original sin occurred, around 5 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2000, I was standing in the visitors' clubhouse at the Oakland Coliseum, waiting to talk to Frank Thomas, the hulking Chicago White Sox first baseman.

Thomas was animated and friendly. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. His team was in a pennant race, in first place by seven games over Cleveland, about to play a young, rising Oakland club. As we spoke, his eyes flickered back and forth ...

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