Rays fail to take advantage of opportunities in ALCS opener

Originally Published: October 10, 2008
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The fans were here with their cowbells, their Mohawks and their official 2008 Tampa Bay Rays merchandise with the price tags still attached. And then the happy new residents of Greater Unincorporated Rays Municipality (unlike Red Sox fans, they have yet to qualify for full Nationhood status) watched their team lose in excruciating fashion in the first ALCS game in its history.

The Rays committed what manager Joe Maddon termed the "mortal sin'' of wasting a good ...

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