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Defense pivotal during winning streak

Defense pivotal during winning streak

Defense pivotal during winning streak
MINNEAPOLIS -- There are many factors to consider when discussing why the Rays have put together a five-game winning streak and are 7-2 in the month of August. One of those reasons is the improved defense.

The Rays have gone 10 consecutive games without making an error, tying a franchise record. The improved play in the field is clear to see for manager Joe Maddon.

"I think I've seen the routine plays being made, we are playing a better game of catch, period," Maddon said.

Maddon said the Rays were not as sharp as he would've liked during the first half of the season, so a conscience effort went into improving the defense on the field.

"I thought we had a lot of throwing errors in the first half and I think we've cut down dramatically on that. Throwing begins with the feet. I know [coach Tom Foley] spent a lot of time with the infielders regarding their feet, so that may have had an impact. It just can't be that easy, but maybe it was," Maddon said.

Tampa Bay is errorless in 20 of its past 23 games. The seven errors the Rays have made since the All-Star break are tied for the fewest in Major League Baseball. Prior to the break, Tampa Bay committed 71 errors in 86 games, second most in baseball.

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