Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/4/12
ST. PETERSBURG -- It was a script that ended with a heartbreaking twist just short of the postseason. But there were more than a few stirring curtain calls Wednesday night for the Tampa Bay Rays as they left the 2012 stage with a 4-1 win over the playoff-bound Baltimore Orioles. "It was a very dramatic game tonight, how everything unfolded," said manager Joe Maddon, marveling at what had transpired through another memorable Rays regular-season finale. Who could have imagined that Evan Longoria -- whose two landmark home runs last year in Game 162 propelled the Rays into the playoffs -- would bash three homers in this season's 162nd contest? And then there was B.J. Upton, likely playing his final game as a Ray after 10 years in the organization, singling in the bottom of the eighth. That allowed Maddon to pull him for a pinch-runner and give him the spotlight. And the small but spirited Tropicana Field crowd of 17,909 -- no doubt including many fans who have criticized Upton over ...
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