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Joe Maddon seeks divine intervention

9:14 PM, Sep 25, 2013   |    comments
Rays manager Joe Maddon.
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NEW YORK (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon sought some assistance in devising his latest lineup, so he walked from the team hotel in Times Square to St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Maddon says he sat in the back for his late-morning visit Wednesday, well before the Rays played New York at Yankee Stadium.

Maddon says he saw St. Jude and joked that the saint "was a pretty good defender."

St. Jude is considered the patron saint of hopeless cases.

Closing in on its fourth postseason berth in six years, Tampa Bay began the day with a one-game lead over Cleveland in the AL wild-card race, with Texas another game back.

Associated Press

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