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"To many people, what Cash did last night was risky, even wrong. It wasn’t, because the decision to lift Morton wasn’t made ad hoc in the heat of a ballgame. It was made at 3 p.m., it was made last week, it was made as part of a plan for winning baseball game that produced a 40-20 record and the second AL pennant in franchise history. This is how the Rays beat you, by getting the lead and then bringing 96 and then 98 and then 100 to the mound and daring you to come back against that heat and their swarming defense."