Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/4/12
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ST. PETERSBURG Joe Maddon's typically calm demeanor as he sat behind his office desk early Wednesday evening gave no hint of the potential fireworks that had just fizzled for his Tampa Bay Rays. They had come within five outs of a series sweep of the New York Yankees before a festive July 4th crowd of 28,033 at Tropicana Field. But the 3-1 lead entrusted to Kyle Farnsworth the rock-solid Rays closer of 2011 who just returned from three months on the disabled list blew up on him in unfamiliar fashion. The result was a 4-3 loss in the nearly four-hour contest and a missed opportunity to gain further ground on the Yankees, following uplifting comeback victories in the first two games of the series. But true to his perpetually optimistic outlook, Maddon took heart from overall performance of his team in particular that of starting pitcher David Price as the Rays open a four-game set in Cleveland tonight and then catch their breath at the All-Star break. "It was difficult, Madd...
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