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Rays Can Clinch Playoff Berth With Win, Help Tonight

photo: Steve Carney/St. Pete Nine

The Tampa Bay Rays can earn a spot in the postseason for the third straight season with a victory in tonight’s middle game of this three game series with the Toronto Blue Jays.  Drew Rasmussen (3-1, 3.00 ERA) will get the start, taking on Alek Manoah (6-2, 3.39 ERA).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:10.

Rays Startling Lineup

Lowe 2B

Choi 1B

Diaz 3B

Meadows DH

Wendle SS

Margot LF

Kiermaier CF

Zunino C

Phillips RF


Blue Jays Starting Lineup

Springer DH

Semien 2B

Guerrero 1B

Bichette SS

Hernandez RF

Kirk C

Gurriel LF

Dickerson CF

Valera 3B

Rays Can Ensure Return To Playoffs Tonight With Help

The Rays can make the postseason for a third consecutive season for the first time in franchise history as early as tonight.  In order to guarantee playing beyond October 3, Tampa Bay needs a win tonight over the Blue Jays, a loss by the Oakland A’s to the Seattle Mariners, and either a Red Sox loss at home to the New York Mets or a New York Yankees loss at home to the Texas Rangers.

Written By

Steve Carney is the founder and publisher of St. Pete Nine. One of the people most associated with baseball coverage in Tampa Bay, he spent 13 seasons covering the Rays for flagship radio station WDAE, first as producer of Rays Radio broadcasts, then as beat reporter beginning in 2011. He likes new analytics and aged bourbon, and is the owner of one of the ugliest knuckleballs ever witnessed by baseball scouts.

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