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Monday, Oct 05, 2015

Rays still chasing American League Wild Card spot


ST. PETERSBURG – The goal for the Rays down the stretch is to win as many series as possible, and they have a chance to do that this afternoon against the visiting Yankees at what is expected to be a nearly full Tropicana Field.

The Rays have won 10 of their last 12 series, a major reason why they are still afloat in the chase for a playoff spot.

They begin today six games behind the A’s for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.

A win today will also even the Rays season record at .500.

The Rays have allowed three or fewer runs in each of their last 12 games – the longest such streak in team history. They are 7-5 during this run, though four of those losses have been by a score of 3-2 and three of those four losses have come in extra innings.

Here are the lineups:


Gardner LF

Jeter DH

Ellsbury CF

Teixeira 1B

Beltran RF

McCann C

Headley 3B

Drew SS

Prado 2B


Kuroda RHP (7-8, 4.03)


Jennings CF

Zobrist 2B

Joyce LF

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Escobar SS

Belnome DH

Molina C

Kiermaier RF


Hellickson RHP (1-1, 2.03)

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