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20-foot python visits Rays clubhouse

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-15 22:08:00-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is doing whatever he can to keep his players loose and relaxed.

Maddon had a 20-foot python brought to the clubhouse before Thursday night's game against Seattle.

Maddon says he found out through research that 2013 is the year of the snake on the Chinese calendar. He says the team needed "a little bit of motivation within the clubhouse."

Maddon and closer Fernando Rodney were among those who picked up the snake. Others stayed as far away as possible.

Maddon also welcomed a pair of penguins, a magician and a disc jockey to the clubhouse earlier this season.