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When the Tampa Bay Rays completed the three-game sweep at Camden Yards Wednesday, there was nothing for manager Dave Trembley to do but tip his cap to them as both teams headed out of town.

"Tampa came in here and played great,'' he said. "They got great starting pitching. They got big hits. They played good defense. Very good team."

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Of course, what everybody wanted to hear was his opinion of his own team, which remained winless at home and is now 1-8 as it heads to Oakland and Seattle.

"It's not the end of the world,'' he said. "We haven't played well. We expect that we'll play better. We'll go on the road and try and get one out there...It's certainly not the way you draw it up. We didn't want to come in here and start like this."

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Trembley revealed during the postgame media briefing that Michael Gonzalez will undergo an MRI on his sore shoulder. It appears that Jim Johnson will move into the closer role for the moment, though the manager only hinted at that.

"Everybody's disappointed,'' Trembley said. "No one is happy with it. No one is accepting it. We'll just have to play better. We're going to have to step it up.

"Obviously, when it snowballs like this, maybe this is the final purge. Maybe we got it out of our system. It can't go on forever."

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