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9/24/2016 | Red Sox win 10th straight, clinch playoff spot

Danny Farquhar was one strike away from getting out of a bases-loaded jam. Dustin Pedroia was one walk, bloop, or blast away from bringing in a run to tie it, and maybe getting the Red Sox the lead. On a 2-2 count, he crushed one over the wall -- a blast that turned a one-run deficit into a three-run lead and clinched a postseason berth for the Red Sox. It was the blow Boston would need in a 6-4 win over Tampa Bay.

9/23/2016 | Longoria headlines Rays' annual award winners

On Friday, the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA announced its annual team awards at the Clutch Hitters Luncheon. Evan Longoria was honored with the Don Zimmer Award, given to the most valuable Rays player.

9/23/2016 | Porcello eyeing 22nd win as Sox home in on berth

Cy Young candidate Rick Porcello will make his 32nd start of the season hoping to move the Red Sox closer to clinching the American League East on Saturday night against the Rays at Tropicana Field. Boston's magic number to secure a playoff spot is two.

9/23/2016 | Rays fearless in halting motivated Yankees

One of the hottest hitters in the Majors waited on deck Thursday night as Alex Colome induced a game-ending lineout to center field from Jacoby Ellsbury, preserving a 2-0 Rays win over the Yankees. "I don't worry about that," Colome said of Gary Sanchez. "I'm not afraid of him."

9/22/2016 | Snell sets tone to help Rays silence Yankees

Blake Snell hurled five effective innings and Corey Dickerson homered, helping the Rays put another dent in the Yankees' postseason hopes with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night at Tropicana Field. Brad Miller drove in the game's first run to help Tampa Bay take the finale of this three-game series with New York, which opened the day 2 1/2 games back -- with four teams to jump -- in the chase for the second American League Wild Card spot.

9/22/2016 | Archer takes aim at Papi for last time as Sox hit Trop

As the surging Red Sox head to Tropicana Field trying to inch closer to the American League East title, David Ortiz makes his latest final stop to a familiar road haunt. Ortiz has bashed 34 career homers at the Trop, including No. 500 last season. The only visiting venue he's gone deep more times at is Rogers Centre. On Friday night, Rays right-hander Chris Archer will throw his final pitches to Big Papi.

9/21/2016 | Seeking big sweep, Yankees call on Cessa

Finishing strong is mandatory for the Yankees if they want to keep their postseason hopes alive. That means taking care of business against a last-place team like the Rays.

9/21/2016 | Young fan Paulk gets tour led by Longoria

Evan Longoria hosted a special guest on Wednesday when he had Colton Paulk at his locker prior to the Yankees-Rays game at Tropicana Field.

9/21/2016 | Rays go back-to-back-to-back in 4-HR inning

Things were looking pretty gloomy for the Rays, down by six runs with two outs and no one on in the third inning against the Yankees on Wednesday night at Tropicana Field.

9/21/2016 | Rays bringing up Querecuto for infield depth

The Rays will select infielder Juniel Querecuto's contract on Thursday to add infield depth for the remainder of the season.

9/20/2016 | Competitive Boxberger chooses to face Sanchez

Brad Boxberger would point to the competitor in him. It was his choice. Face the prodigious Gary Sanchez -- a player his own teammate compared to Babe Ruth -- or walk him with first base open and two outs to face Billy Butler, a player the Yankees picked up less than a week ago.

9/20/2016 | Rays 'thrilled' with how Cobb has progressed

Doubt crept into the mind of Alex Cobb -- his rehab after 2015 Tommy John surgery indefinitely paused after a far-from-sharp July 11 appearance. His 2016 season -- and future -- were uncertain. His mechanics weren't there. His two starts with Class A Advanced Charlotte were a mess.

9/20/2016 | Go-ahead Gary: Rookie powers Yanks vs. TB

Gary Sanchez's increasingly convincing candidacy for the American League Rookie of the Year Award kept the Yankees' postseason dream alive for another day. Sanchez slugged a three-run homer off Brad Boxberger in the seventh inning, lifting the Yankees to a 5-3 victory over the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

9/20/2016 | Tanaka, Cobb set to duel in AL East matchup

Masahiro Tanaka has burst into the American League Cy Young Award conversation, and he will hope to keep the Yankees' playoff hopes alive when he faces Tampa Bay on Wednesday at Tropicana Field. Alex Cobb will be making his fourth start since returning from Tommy John surgery for Tampa Bay, and he has a 3.06 ERA in his first three appearances.

9/19/2016 | Souza to have season-ending hip surgery

Steven Souza Jr. will have season-ending surgery on Wednesday to correct a lingering left hip problem.

9/19/2016 | Inbox: Will Cobb provide bigger boost next year?

With the Rays' pitching staff be much improved with Alex Cobb in top form next year? Beat reporter Bill Chastain answers this question and more in the latest Inbox.

9/19/2016 | Smyly, Rays aim to hold off contending Yanks

A classic end-of-the-season storyline will be in play as the Yankees and Rays kick off their final series of the season Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. The Yanks remain in contention for a playoff spot, so these will be must-win games. Meanwhile, the Rays have been playing their spoiler role well recently by not rolling over in Toronto or Baltimore.

9/18/2016 | Trumbo keeps races rumbling as O's top TB

If there was any lingering doubt about Mark Trumbo's back, he laid it to rest with one swing in the eighth inning Sunday. After missing the past two games with back spasms, the Major League leader in home runs crushed a first-pitch fastball for his 43rd homer of the season to give the Orioles a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rays at Camden Yards.

9/18/2016 | Franklin hopes to return to finish season

Nick Franklin and Steven Souza Jr. are showing the wear from a season. One continues to play, while the other remains day to day.

9/17/2016 | Given chance, Rays' Shaffer taking advantage

Richie Shaffer came through in the clutch Saturday night. The Rays' top pick of the 2012 MLB Draft doubled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning in a 5-2 victory over the Orioles at Camden Yards.

9/17/2016 | O's need Miley to bounce back against Rays

Sunday afternoon's Rays-Orioles matchup at Camden Yards will bring the end to the season series between the American League East rivals, and the finale has the trappings of an intriguing matchup.

9/17/2016 | O's fall to Rays, drop three back in East

Evan Longoria continued to torment the Orioles, launching his third homer in as many nights and scoring three times to lead the Rays to a 5-2 win Saturday night at Camden Yards.

9/16/2016 | Perfect relay home seals O's win over Rays

With 43 straight saves under his belt, Orioles closer Zach Britton put his perfect mark in the hands of his defense Friday. The O's fielders delivered with a perfect relay to throw out the potential tying run at the plate for the final out of a 5-4 win over the Rays.

9/16/2016 | O's rally vs. Rays to keep heat on in races

The Orioles mounted a late rally Friday night, scoring three times after the sixth inning in a 5-4 victory over the Rays that helped them remain tied with the Blue Jays atop the American League Wild Card standings and two games back of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

9/16/2016 | Longoria sets new career high with 34th homer

Evan Longoria is having a special season. The veteran Rays slugger furthered that view in Friday's 5-4 loss to the Orioles with a two-run homer in the first inning. Not only did the home run mark the second consecutive night that Longoria homered in the first, it also gave him 34 for the season, establishing a new career high.

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