Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/1/12
ST. PETERSBURG The agonizing wait began shortly before 10 o'clock Monday night, when the Tampa Bay Rays conjured up a little bit more of the magic that has propelled them against mountainous odds the past 12 games. With their season teetering on the brink, the remarkable reliever they have turned to time and again, Fernando Rodney, masterfully worked out of a hole he had partly created and slammed the door on the Baltimore Orioles for a 5-3 victory and his 47th save in a record-breaking year. Yet in the end, the hole that the Rays dug for themselves at different points during the season proved too deep to climb out of. More than three hours after their game concluded, some 3,000 miles away in Oakland, the door slammed shut on their lingering 2012 playoff hopes when the A's defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 to clinch the final AL postseason berth. So ended another memorable September surge by the Rays, who made up 9.5 games last year in the final month to earn a wild-card berth on ...
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