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07:49 AM ET 05.07 | The Rays' inconsistent play has been trying the patience of many. But principal owner Stuart Sternberg is, more than anything, trying to be patient, saying he'll wait until the end of May before making any evaluations. Sternberg, speaking before Wednesday's game, pointed out some of their "incredible positives," such as the performances of 3B Evan Longoria, 1B Carlos Pena and SS Jason Bartlett, and singled out struggling C Dioner Navarro among their "incredible negatives." Seeing the team for the first time since the home-opening series, Sternberg said: "We're in a stretch right now where we haven't shot ourselves in the foot, but we could have, and should have, won a few more games. But you can't be unhappy where we are." The Rays are 13-16 and 6?? games out of first, and Sternberg said, "If the expectations weren't so high people would think we were playing really well." But they are high, all around, and Sternberg is willing to give the players more time to meet them.

St. Petersburg Times

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