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Updated: 08/16/2014 07:41:07PM

Sale gets back in swing of things

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SUN PHOTO BY JENNIFER BRUNO

Stone Crabs Josh Sale, batting against the Fort Myers Miracle in April, has been on a tear the past 12 games, batting .454 with nine RBIs.

TAMPA BAY TIMES BY JAMES BORCHUCK

Josh Sale takes bunting practice at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg during the 2013 Winter Development Program in January.

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Josh Sale, 2014 Stone Crabs opening day roster

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Marty Gantt, 2014 Stone Crabs opening day roster

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Kes Carter, 2014 Stone Crabs opening day roster

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Austin Pruitt, 2014 Stone Crabs opening day roster

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Josh Sale, 2014 Stone Crabs opening day roster

SUN PHOTO BY JENNIFER BRUNO

Stone Crabs Josh Sale, batting against the Fort Myers Miracle in April, has been on a tear the past 12 games, batting .454 with nine RBIs.

By JOSH VITALE

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PORT CHARLOTTE — A group of reporters surrounded Josh Sale’s locker at Tropicana Field during the Tampa Bay Rays’ Winter Development Program seven months ago. They wanted to know what he had learned from his suspension that cost him the 2013 season, if he felt he had matured in the year he spent sitting at home 3,000 miles away in Seattle.

The 23-year-old outfielder answered all of the questions openly. He talked about how demoralizing the suspension was for him. How he needed to become a better person. How important it was for him to grow up. How thrilled he was that the Rays were giving him another shot.

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