BALTIMORE -- After Wednesday night's loss, B.J. Upton told reporters that Thursday afternoon's game against the Orioles was a "must-win" game and that the Rays needed to win the weekend series at New York if "they want to get to where they want to be."
Rays manager Joe Maddon has never been a proponent of making any one game more important than another, so he was asked what he thought about Upton's comments.
"I like our players to express their opinions, always," Maddon said. "For me, every game's a must game. There aren't any 'Let's just mail this one in' games. For me, I think we learned that lesson last year. Regardless of how dire a moment may seem or how great a moment may seem, just keep playing."