Manager Joe Maddon and the Tampa Rays have been down this road before. Almost out of the race for a playoff spot, yet fighting to the end.
That approach worked a year ago when the Rays staged a stunning final-game rally to beat the Yankees and win the AL wild card. Now, after downing the fading White Sox on Sunday with David Price getting his 20th win, the Rays still have a chance to make the postseason.
''It's always about maintaining a slight mathematical chance. We were in the same boat last year. It could become a little bit better with some cooperation, but either way we just have to go home and play our game,'' Maddon said Sunday after his team's 6-2 victory.
Tampa Bay has played its best ball at the right time, winning 10 of 11 to stay in the race for the second wild card.
''That's 10 out of 11 at this time of the year, under these circumstances where you can't hiccup. Our guys have been outstanding. Everybody. Pitching, hitting, coaching staff ... they've all been great,...