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Dodger Stadium presents playoff-like energy

LOS ANGELES -- The crowd at Friday night's Rays-Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium was 51,083.

The last time the Rays played in front of a larger crowd was Oct. 1, 2011, in Game 2 of their Division Series against the Rangers in Texas when they lost 8-6 in front of a crowd of 51,351.

And Friday night's crowd was the largest regular-season crowd the Rays have played in front of since Sept. 14, 2008, in an 8-4 loss to the Yankees at Old Yankee Stadium when 54,279 watched.

Wil Myers said it was easily the biggest crowd he'd ever played before and added, "Loudest, too."

Rays manager Joe Maddon called the crowd "fabulous."

"The place was rocking before the game, there was a lot going on," Maddon said. "We've been playing well. They have been playing well. I thought we did great. Again, you lose the game, that's always difficult. But, there was a lot to be happy about last night."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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