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Updated: 07/21/2014 10:16:23PM

Woes show in loss

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Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price (14) walks around the mound as New York Yankees' Brian McCann rounds the bases after hitting a home run during fifth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

New York Yankees' Derek Jeter slides in ahead of the tag by Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar with a double during sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, April 17, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

By JOSH VITALE

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Tampa Bay Rays were glad to be back home on Thursday, but climate-controlled Tropicana Field couldn’t help heat up their bats.

Prior to the game, the Rays were hoping it might. Their offense plated 31 runs over a seven-game homestand to open the season, but the bats fell flat as soon as they left St. Pete. The Rays scored 14 runs during an eight-game swing through Kansas City, Cincinnati and Baltimore with their three wins coming by the scores of 1-0, 2-1 and 1-0.

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