ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A turnaround can't be manufactured. It must be organic, real, part coincidence and part skill. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon, his team in a swift spiral, is searching to capture lightning in a hurry.
"There's got to be this organic moment within the group that all of the sudden just pops," said Maddon, after the Rays lost 2-0 to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Tropicana Field, dropping them to a major league-worst 4-12 since owning the American League East lead by percentage points after play Aug. 24. "Then you're just going to see it take off again. But it cant be contrived or fabricated."
Until that happens, the Rays' search continues. They are running out of time. The loss Tuesday dropped them to 8 12 games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, but with 19 left, the division race looks like a losing cause.
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