It's all a matter of how you choose to view it.
If the Tampa Bay Rays had known that they'd leave the chilly and challenging confines of Comerica Park Thursday with a 4-2 record, tied for the AL East lead six games into the season, they'd have no doubt been thrilled.
If the Rays had known that one of those wins would come against Detroit's 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander especially with a ninth-inning knockout punch to get the job done they'd have been ecstatic.
Just remember where they stood after six games last year: winless.
Of course, none of that changes the fact that the Rays could have taken two of three from the Tigers (5-1) on the first leg of their 10-day, three-city road trip a swing that takes them now to Boston for a four-game set starting Friday at 2:05 p.m. against the reeling Red Sox.
The Motown rubber-match was certainly there for them to win. But an inability to cash in early when they had MLB newcomer Drew Smyly on the ropes several times m...