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Rays' Evan Longoria: "We have all the belief in the world in here"

The weekend sweep by Texas and four-game overall losing streak has some Rays fans - based on their tweets and emails - questioning the team's ability to make the playoffs and suggesting they might as well trade away their key parts.

Obviously that's not the feeling in the clubhouse today, where the veteran Rays remain confident the team - which goes into play tonight tied for the second AL wild-card spot - has what it takes.

"We have all the belief in the world in here that things will come together,'' 3B Evan Longoria said. "We'll win a game again. I promise you that, we'll win another one.''

Citing the team's productive offense, quality starting pitching, improving bullpen and efforts to make additions, Longoria said the Rays have the elements to make the playoffs.

"I've done my fair share of begging and pleading with the fans to stay on board with us over the years,'' Longoria said.

"At this point you either believe or you don't believe and the guys in this clubhouse believe. And that to me is really what I'm here for, to win with this group of guys and be excited about coming to the ballpark every day.''


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