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Game two of the World Series between the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Willy Aybar (L) congratulates Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price after the Rays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 to win game two of the World Series at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida on October 23, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Rays are a member of the Eastern Division of MLB's American League. Since their inception in 1998, the club has played at Tropicana Field and has finished out of last place only three times. Their first season with a winning record was 2008, when they won their first division title and proceeded to win the pennant.

In November 2007, majority owner Stuart Sternberg made significant changes to his franchise's image, changing the club's name from the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to the "Tampa Bay Rays", which he described as "a beacon that radiates throughout Tampa Bay and across the entire state of Florida." The teams' primary colors, formerly black, green, and blue, were changed to navy blue, Columbia blue, and gold, and the team's symbol was changed from a manta ray to a ray of sunlight.

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