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(AUGUST 15th)

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

Sam Fuld - LF

B.J. Upton - CF

Matt Joyce - RF

Evan Longoria - DH

Ben Zobrist - 2B

Carlos Pena - 1B

Jose Lobaton - C

Elliot Johnson - SS

Sean Rodriguez - 3B

Jeremy Hellickson - RHP (7-7, 3.52 ERA)

SEATTLE MARINERS

Dustin Ackley - 2B

Michael Saunders - CF

Jesus Montero - DH

John Jaso - C

Kyle Seager - 3B

Justin Smoak - 1B

Trayvon Robinson - LF

Eric Thames - RF

Brendan Ryan - SS

Felix Hernandez - RHP (10-5, 2.74 ERA)

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(AUGUST 15th)

TAMPA BAY DEVIL RAYS

Sam Fuld - LF

B.J. Upton - CF

Matt Joyce - RF

Evan Longoria - DH

Ben Zobrist - 2B

Carlos Pena - 1B

Jose Lobaton - C

Elliot Johnson - SS

Sean Rodriguez - 3B

Jeremy Hellickson - RHP (7-7, 3.52 ERA)

SEATTLE MARINERS

Dustin Ackley - 2B

Michael Saunders - CF

Jesus Montero - DH

John Jaso - C

Kyle Seager - 3B

Justin Smoak - 1B

Trayvon Robinson - LF

Eric Thames - RF

Brendan Ryan - SS

Felix Hernandez - RHP (10-5, 2.74 ERA)

1-0 Mariners after 6 innings.

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I would rather face the Yanks in a one and done then the Rays right now.

So would I. Also, I would also rather have the Rays to win the division instead of the Yankees (unless of course WE won it.)

I've said on numerous occasions, I always, in this order.

A. Root for the Orioles

B. Root against the Yankees

C. Root against the Red Sox

D. Root for the White Sox (my second favorite team).

I always do that for the first 5 and-a-half months of the season.

THEN ...... in the final 2 weeks of the season, if it so happens to increase the Orioles' playoff chances to have the Yankees or the Red Sox win games, THEN AND ONLY THEN will I begrudgingly root for them (the Yankees and the Red Sox) to win.

Too much can happen to change things in the first 24 weeks of the marathon, 162-game baseball season for me to bother gong back and forth, configuring whether we are in a wild-card position, the division title position, etc. So, I keep it simple, and allow myself the luxury of rooting for the Orioles and rooting against both the Yankees and the Red Sox until the final dozen games or so.

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