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Slumping Rays Turn to Seminole Medicine Man

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon makes a pitching during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 7, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon makes a pitching during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 7, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) AP

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The slumping Tampa Bay Rays have turned to a Seminole medicine man to change their fortunes.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon invited tribal elder Bobby Henry to Tropicana Field on Monday in an attempt to help his team, which has the worst record in the majors.

‘‘We just turned him loose on the Trop,’’ Maddon said.

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The Rays had lost 12 of 13 entering Monday’s game against Seattle.

Henry walked around the ballpark and said the Rays are ready ‘‘to go get it.’’

Maddon has tried a variety of things over the years to liven up his team. He’s brought a python, penguins and a magician into the clubhouse in the past.

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