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MLB Playoffs: Rays Out, Two Series Still Undecided

By on October 9th, 2013

The Tampa Bay Rays saw their World Series hopes fall to the wayside following a 3-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. With the loss, the Rays are eliminated from postseason play.

Red Sox starter Jake Peavy went 5 2/3 innings and allowed just one run. Jeremy Hellickson started the game for the Rays, but he only pitched one inning. The Rays used an assortment of pitchers throughout the game in an effort to preserve a pitcher in the event of a winner-take-all Game 5.

Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon soon realized that his plan wouldn't quite work out the way he had hoped.

“Originally, I had thought, or had hoped for, Helli (Hellickson) getting through the lineup one time and then maybe through Pedroia and then turning it over at that point, but the way it was working in the beginning, I could see it was not going to work,” Maddon said.

Postgame, Maddon praised the Red Sox for the way their team has played, and the way their organization is being run.

“They're good. They're the reason why we're sitting here not winning right now. They beat us all season. They beat us in a five-game series,” Maddon said.

In the other ALDS, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Oakland Athletics 8-6 last night to tie the series at two games each. Projected Game 5 starter Max Scherzer pitched two innings in relief and picked up the win.

The deciding Game 5 will be Thursday in Oakland with first pitch set for 8:07 ET. The Tigers will send veteran Justin Verlander to the mound, while the Athletics have yet to make a decision between veteran Bartolo Colon or rookie Sonny Gray.

The Red Sox will take on the winner in the ALCS.

In the National League, the Pittsburgh Pirates will head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in the winner-take-all Game 5 tonight. Rookie Gerrit Cole will start for the Pirates and Adam Wainwright will take the mound for the Cardinals.

The winner of this series will take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS.

For interviews with Joe Maddon and Wil Myers, click below.

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