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Rays morning after: Faria frustrated after latest letdown

Whatever pain RHP Jake Faria was feeling as a result of the oblique muscle on the left side he strained throwing a fourth-inning slider to Boston's Hanley Ramirez couldn't compare to the hurt in his heart.

Forced to leave Tuesday's game and likely headed for a lengthy stay on the DL that could keep him out for a couple months, Faria's frustration with the latest twist to his disappointing sophomore season was obvious.

"If it's not one thing it's another," he said. "Today I felt pretty good except for the home run (a three-run shot by Mookie Betts). Everything up to this point has been a complete letdown.

"I haven't done anything to help this team win ballgames and this is just another way of me letting them down."

He was being a little harsh, of course, as he had mixed some good with the bad.

In five of his first nine starts, he allowed one or no runs, fourth most in the AL, and  pitched to a 3-0, 1.26 ERA record.

But in the other four he allowed 22 earned runs, one of only six AL  starters to allow seven or more at least twice, going 0-2, 12.12.

Overall, after Tuesday's abbreviated outing, he is 3-3, 5.48, obviously a big step back from his 5-4, 3.32 rookie season.

Also:

* Tuesday's "crowd" of 10,642 was the fifth lowest for a Red Sox game at the Trop. The usually popular Sox attracted 10,058 on April 2, 2003;  10,149 on Sept. 12, 2002; 10,543 on Sept. 1, 2014; and 10,557 on Sept. 9, 2002.

* With 3B Christian Arroyo (22 years, 357 days) and SS Willy Adames (22 years, 262 days) in the lineup, the Rays has two position players 22 or younger in the same lineup for the first time since July 9, 2008, when they had 3B Evan Longoria (22, 276) and Reid Brignac (22, 175).

* Adames was the youngest position player to make his debut for the Rays since Wil Myers (22, 190) on June 18, 2013.

* C Wilson Ramos said his left hand/base of thunb was numb at the time he got hit by the bounced Austin Pruitt pitch that forced him to leave in the fourth inning, but he was feeling better after the initial treatment and was confident he would not have to go on the DL.

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