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New days ahead for the new Rays?

They've changed their name, their colors, their uniforms, their attitude and nearly half of their roster.

By Marc Topkin, Times Staff Writer
Published February 12, 2008


They've changed their name, their colors, their uniforms, their attitude and nearly half of their roster.

But the biggest question regarding the (no longer Devil) Rays is whether all these changes will change their results.

After 972 losses and nine last-place finishes in their first 10 seasons, the Rays launch their second decade with Friday's opening of spring training confident better days - finally - are not far away.

"I think everyone's pretty excited about this season and to see where it takes us," pitcher James Shields said. "The changes they've made throughout our team, as a player it's good to see. The old regime, it didn't seem they wanted to do that. You can ask any of the players, it really feels that they're trying to win."