Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 6/17/12
ST. PETERSBURG So much was working against the Tampa Bay Rays heading into Sunday's rubber match against the Miami Marlins. The biggest thing going, it seemed, was the large "Popa-Palooza" Father's Day crowd and triple-concert bill at the Trop slated for after the game. Yet there didn't appear to be much pop anywhere else for the Rays. They had just suffered a disappointing loss to Miami that stretched 15 innings, taxing the bullpen and sending players home tired and drained in the wee hours Sunday morning. Their lineup was missing slugger Matt Joyce, who fell ill Sunday morning with flu-like symptoms. Starting leftfielder and leadoff man Desmond Jennings was getting a much-needed rest. And the designated hitter in the improvised lineup that manager Joe Maddon posted in the clubhouse? Elliot Johnson. Enough said. Considering they were going up against Marlins ace Josh Johnson, things didn't exactly look promising for the Rays as they set out to avoid a costly series loss to t...
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