ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the fifth time in the past six seasons, the Rays won at least 90 games, and after missing the postseason in the first 10 years of their existence, they’ve earned a playoff berth in four of the past six seasons.
But that success also has brought about a sense that the team keeps hitting a ceiling in the postseason.
Since reaching the World Series in their first trip to the playoffs in 2008, the Rays haven’t gone beyond the American League Division Series.
When he considered that his team had lost 96 games the season before it went to the World Series, Rays manager Joe Maddon was amused by how much the expectations have changed. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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