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Rays win 6 of 7 from Red Sox...but was it enough?

Posted on: September 18, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2011 9:59 pm
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BOSTON -- As Rays manager Joe Maddon said more than once this weekend, three out of four ain't bad.

"I think Meat Loaf intended the song to say that," Maddon quipped.

Three out of four ain't bad. Six out of seven, which is what the Rays did to the Red Sox the last two weekends (outscoring them 46-22) is even better.

But is it enough?

That depends, strangely enough, on the Yankees.

After Sunday's 8-5 Rays win, Tampa Bay trails Boston by just two games in the American League wild-card race. Each team has 10 games remaining.

And that's where the first-place Yankees come in.

Seven of the Rays' remaining 10 games are against New York beginning with a four-game series that starts Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Three of the Red Sox's remaining 10 games are against the Yankees, in a Yankee Stadium series that begins Friday night.

The Yankees, who lost 3-0 Sunday in Toronto, haven't yet clinched anything. Their magic number to eliminate the Rays from the division race stands at five, while the magic number against the Red Sox is seven.

How hard do the Yankees go after the games this week? How many players do they rest once they've clinched the division?

Do they have any interest in influencing which team wins the wild card, by resting more players vs. the Rays than they do vs. the Red Sox, or vice versa?

We'll see, won't we?

Should be an interesting week.




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Category: MLB
Tags: Rays, Red Sox, Yankees
 
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