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Rays' astute moves take them from cellar to summit

Updated: October 21, 2008, 1:23 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- In June 1999, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays selected outfielder Carl Crawford in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft. That same summer, a young Tulane University graduate named Andrew Friedman went to work as an analyst for the investment banking firm Bear Stearns in New York.

Nine years later, the principals are trending upward. The Rays, minus the "Devil," are preparing for their World Series debut. Crawford, a two-time All-Star, is the starting ...

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