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Updated: 03/09/2013 08:03:11AM

Seeds of offense take root

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Tampa Bay catcher Chris Gimenez tags out Philadelphia's Darin Ruf during the fourth inning at Charlotte Sports Park inPort Charlotte, Fla., on Friday, March 8, 2013.


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Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria tags out Philadelphia's Kevin Frandsen during the first inning at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Friday, March 8, 2013.


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Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria wheels after making the tag on Philadelphia's Kevin Frandsen for the out during the first inning at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Friday, March 8, 2013. Frandsen was out on the play.

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Tampa Bay second baseman Kelly Johnson looks for the umpire's call aftger tagging Philadelphia base runner Domonic Brown during the second inning Friday, March 8, 2013 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.


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Tampa Bay pitcher Kyle Farnsworth faces Philadelphia during the fifth inning Friday, March 8, 2013, at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla.

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Brysen Tweed, 7, watches for Rays players through the fence along the first base line while hoping to get an autograph before Saturday's game at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Friday, March 8, 2013.


By LAURA MYERS

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PORT CHARLOTTE — For a little bit of fun competition this spring, Tampa Bay established a “coach of the day” award, with the winning coach’s photo hung in the locker room for players and coaches to see (and sometimes draw mustaches on).

It’s hard to imagine, with the Rays turning in pitching gem after pitching gem, the headshot of anyone but Jim Hickey hanging from the clubhouse bulletin board.

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