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  1. (SBL) September 30, 2013 - In a one game showdown with the Texas Rangers, the Rays come out on top sending them to play the Indians this Wednesday and clinching the second wild card for the American League. Evan Longoria's timely hitting and attention to details led the Rays to a 5-2 victory. Tampa, who had originally held the top Wildcard for the American League faltered in September and so did the Rangers. Tonight provided both teams a chance at redemption, and another shot at the post season in a one game playoff. The pitching may have been the difference tonight, as the Rays accumulated 7 walks to the Rangers 1, putting runners on for timely RBIs. The Rangers simply couldn't build momentum and the Rays held up through the end with timely pitching to shut the Rangers down. Click here to view the article
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    Rays clinches final Wild Card Berth

    (SBL) September 30, 2013 - In a one game showdown with the Texas Rangers, the Rays come out on top sending them to play the Indians this Wednesday and clinching the second wild card for the American League. Evan Longoria's timely hitting and attention to details led the Rays to a 5-2 victory. Tampa, who had originally held the top Wildcard for the American League faltered in September and so did the Rangers. Tonight provided both teams a chance at redemption, and another shot at the post season in a one game playoff. The pitching may have been the difference tonight, as the Rays accumulated 7 walks to the Rangers 1, putting runners on for timely RBIs. The Rangers simply couldn't build momentum and the Rays held up through the end with timely pitching to shut the Rangers down.
  3. (SBL) September 30, 2013 - Tampa finds itself playing a one or done game tonight in Arlington, Texas to decide who takes the last Major League AL wildcard spot, for an option to face the Indians. With a one and done situation, the Rangers who have suffered an offensive slowdown through the stretch are glad to have Nelson Cruz back in their lineup. Cruz, who was previously suspended for 50 games due to a violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program will find himself back in the lineup in the first time this fall. Cruz had left the Rangers on suspension with 27 home runs, and 76 RBIs, leading his team in both of those statistics. Cruz will hit 6th tonight as designated hitter. Rays pitcher David Price (3.39 ERA) gets the start tonight in Arlington, hopes to contain the Rangers and send Tampa to the next matchup with the Indians. Cruz has a career .429 hitting average against Price, making his comeback unwelcome for most Tampa fans. Click here to view the article
  4. (SBL) September 30, 2013 - Tampa finds itself playing a one or done game tonight in Arlington, Texas to decide who takes the last Major League AL wildcard spot, for an option to face the Indians. With a one and done situation, the Rangers who have suffered an offensive slowdown through the stretch are glad to have Nelson Cruz back in their lineup. Cruz, who was previously suspended for 50 games due to a violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program will find himself back in the lineup in the first time this fall. Cruz had left the Rangers on suspension with 27 home runs, and 76 RBIs, leading his team in both of those statistics. Cruz will hit 6th tonight as designated hitter. Rays pitcher David Price (3.39 ERA) gets the start tonight in Arlington, hopes to contain the Rangers and send Tampa to the next matchup with the Indians. Cruz has a career .429 hitting average against Price, making his comeback unwelcome for most Tampa fans.
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    Can the Rays Hold On?

    (SBL) 9/5/2013 - It wasn't too long ago that the only question surrounding the Rays revolved around whether they could win the eastern division. Since August 2nd, the Rays have been 4 games under .500, and find themselves in a tailspin putting them at risk of losing wildcard standing to a surging Oakland. In the middle of a serious skid, Tampa pulled out two against the struggling Angels, but it only helps keep pace with the competition for the remaining wildcard. With Boston out of reach with a 6 game in division advantage, the Rays will need to play significantly better ball through September to retain their position. Tampa plays the Angels tonight, 10:25 Eastern Time, broadcast on WDAE 620 and Sun Sports Click here to view the article
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    Can the Rays Hold On?

    (SBL) 9/5/2013 - It wasn't too long ago that the only question surrounding the Rays revolved around whether they could win the eastern division. Since August 2nd, the Rays have been 4 games under .500, and find themselves in a tailspin putting them at risk of losing wildcard standing to a surging Oakland. In the middle of a serious skid, Tampa pulled out two against the struggling Angels, but it only helps keep pace with the competition for the remaining wildcard. With Boston out of reach with a 6 game in division advantage, the Rays will need to play significantly better ball through September to retain their position. Tampa plays the Angels tonight, 10:25 Eastern Time, broadcast on WDAE 620 and Sun Sports
  7. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled a sand sculpture to honor Mariano Rivera on the New York Yankees closer's last regular-season visit to Tropicana Field. Rivera smiled and joked that he was taking the sculpture home when he saw it before Friday night's game. He signed the sculpture right under the words "ENTER SANDMAN 42." The sculpture, located in the rotunda near the main gate, will be on display for fans to see throughout the three-game series that concludes Sunday. The Rays also presented Rivera with a check for $3,150 — a number that represents $50 for each save he has earned against Tampa Bay — for the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, announced during spring training his intention to retire after this season. Click here to view the article
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    Tampa Bay Rays Honor Mariano Rivera

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have unveiled a sand sculpture to honor Mariano Rivera on the New York Yankees closer's last regular-season visit to Tropicana Field. Rivera smiled and joked that he was taking the sculpture home when he saw it before Friday night's game. He signed the sculpture right under the words "ENTER SANDMAN 42." The sculpture, located in the rotunda near the main gate, will be on display for fans to see throughout the three-game series that concludes Sunday. The Rays also presented Rivera with a check for $3,150 — a number that represents $50 for each save he has earned against Tampa Bay — for the Mariano Rivera Foundation. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, announced during spring training his intention to retire after this season.
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