The Tampa Bay Rays operate a little differently. They have to; the competitive disadvantage levied by their financial struggles leaves them no choice. To compete in the American League East they must do all the little things well, preach fundamentals, and sometimes get a bit lucky. Talent doesn't hurt. either.

Following an off-season that saw staff ace James Shields and long-time Rays CF B.J. Upton leave for new homes, some are questioning if the Rays have brought in enough talent to compete in the always tough American League East with the usual powerhouses and the resurgent Orioles and Blue Jays.