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Rays Win Again, Stay In Wild Card Hunt

The suddnenly hot Tampa Bay Rays have won seven straight games in a late playoff push as they beat the Boston Red Sox 4-2 on Wednesday.   Despite the win, Tampa Bay remains three games behind Oakland for the second wild card in the American League.  The Rays begin a series at Chicago tonight.

In other AL action, New York stays a game and a half ahead of the Orioles in the AL East with an 8-2 win over Minnesota but the O’s keep pace with a 12-2 pounding of Toronto.  The Yanks start a series with Toronto tonight while the Orioles are idle.

Oakland beats Texas 9-3 to move within three games of the Rangers in the AL West.   The A’s also lead the second wild card race by two games over Los Angeles; the Angels keep pace by beating Seattle.  In the AL Central, Detroit beats Kansas City 5-4 and Chicago loses 6-4 to Cleveland as the Tigers take a one game lead over the White Sox.

In the National League, Craig Kimbrel picks up his 40th save as the Atlanta Braves down Miami 3-0.   Washington downs Philadelphia 8-4 to stay four games up on Atlanta in the NL East.  St.Louis loses 2-0 to Houston while Los Angeles beats San Diego 8-2 and Milwaukee tops Cincinnati 8-1 to leave the Cardinals three and a half games up on LA and the Brewers for the NL second wild card lead.

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