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Win or lose, Maddon's Rays remain even-keeled

Updated: October 23, 2008, 12:39 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon doesn't have a lot of rules, but he's resolute about this 30-minute routine: The Rays are given a half hour after games to celebrate wins or fret over losses. And there's no adjusting for inflation just because a game is a little more important.

Say, for instance, the franchise's very first appearance in the World Series.

The Rays, last seen swigging champagne after a seven-game elimination of Boston in the ALCS, ...

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