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Rays, Cards win playoff spots in frenzied finish
Pretty neat way to warm up for the playoffs, huh?
A benchwarmer hitting .108 saves Tampa Bay. A $142 million star lets it slip away for Boston. A rookie closer falters in Atlanta. An ace delivers for St. Louis.
Minute by minute, inning by inning, the races took shape. One out to go, one strike to go. Then, it all fell apart. Startling comebacks, historic collapses.
It’s not even October yet. So get ready, no rest for the bleary eyed.
The playoffs start Friday, and a marquee matchup is already on deck at Yankee Stadium. Justin Verlander, having won the pitchers’ Triple Crown by leading the AL in wins, ERA and strikeouts, starts for Detroit against New York ace CC Sabathia at 8:37 p.m. EDT.
So, no one-game tiebreakers needed. Nice how things wrapped up, too, under the current postseason format _ next year, it’s expected that each league will produce a pair of wild-card teams.
Going into the last day of this regular season, no one was quite sure who they’d be facing.
“This is what it’s all about. We talk about playing meaningful games in September so you can get to October,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “Once you get into October, it’s really fun to see who is going to be that guy that steps up and lights that moment where it’s on him. You see it every year, somebody steps up big you don’t think is going to. Those are special times.”
Certainly Dan Johnson wasn’t on anyone’s hit list to make a huge impact. But after the Rays rallied from a seven-run deficit and made it 7-6, it was his turn. With two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth, he launched a pinch-hit homer to tie it, and the Rays went on to win.
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