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So, last night's game...the bright side? Today is an off day. It's not September. The Rays are only 2.5 games back. Stay positive.

We wanted to throw bats during that game too, Ben.
We wanted to throw bats during that game too, Ben.
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Oof.

Chris Archer was pulled with right forearm tightness.

Wil Myers had an asthma attack.

The team grounded into five double plays.

The bullpen was not entirely efficient.

It was the first series loss since June.

Add on that the game wrapped up right after 1:00 a.m. EST, and you've got last night's debacle.

Some nights just aren't your night, and in the Rays 9-8 loss to the Diamondbacks, it certainly felt as if things just weren't going the Rays way. For all the gory details, see Erik's early morning recap.

Luckily, despite scares, Archer and Myers both seem to be okay, per tweets from late last night:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> Archer said he doesn&#39;t think it&#39;s anything serious, initial tests were good, is confident he&#39;ll make next start Tuesday</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/365345908772184064">August 8, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23rays&amp;src=hash">#rays</a> Myers has experienced asthma symptoms while playing in Az fall lg. said he&#39;s fine. Expects to play Friday.</p>&mdash; RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) <a href="https://twitter.com/RMooneyTBO/statuses/365343436267728896">August 8, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Rays&amp;src=hash">#Rays</a> Myers said he had trouble breathing after running on infield single following running catch but dizziness in field was most concerning</p>&mdash; Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) <a href="https://twitter.com/TBTimes_Rays/statuses/365354009327976448">August 8, 2013</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Let's hope that a day off today can give the bullpen some rest and get the team back to their winning ways, before they open up a weekend series against the red-hot Dodgers in Los Angeles, who are 33-8 since June 21st.

Links:

-Interested in reading the recap of that gut-punch of a game? Here you go.

- Ryan Roberts made a sweet swipe of a ball that came streaking into the Rays dugout last night.

- The Process Report took a look at the adjustments Sam Fuld has made to his swing in the past few weeks.

- In early American League Cy Young predictions, Matt Moore's name is in the mix.

- Gabe Kapler wrote an extremely insightful piece on how a baseball player's mental game is equally as important as his physical game, using Lars Anderson as the model for explaining how a lack of confidence in one's abilities can prevent success on the field.

- Baseballs swagger problem, and how Yasiel Puig, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are involved.

- About those Pirates fans...