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Slumping Tampa Bay Rays turn to Seminole medicine man

Slumping Tampa Bay Rays turn to Seminole medicine man
Tampa Bay Rays' Yunel Escobar reacts after striking out in front of Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 8, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Mariners won 5-0. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The slumping Tampa Bay Rays have turned to a Seminole medicine man to change their fortunes.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field on Monday in an attempt to help his team, which has the worst record in the majors.

"We just turned him loose on the Trop," Maddon said.

The Rays had lost 12 of 13 entering Monday's game against Seattle.

Henry walked around the ballpark and said the Rays are ready "to go get it."

Maddon has tried a variety of things over the years to liven up his team. He's brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse in the past.
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