Originally written September 11, 2012 on Fox Sports Florida:
It is a six-game stretch that could determine their shot at the post-season. The Tampa Bay Rays will spend this week chasing the two teams they trail in the AL East race, with each of those opponents also representing a possible roadblock to a Wild Card berth. Grab the remote control and settle back on the couch, though chances are youll also be on your feet and pacing considering the stakes at hand. The Rays second-to-last road trip of the season with a three-game series starting tonight against the Orioles, followed by a three-game set against the Yankees represents both a risk and potential reward. They trail New York by two games and Baltimore by one with 22 remaining on the schedule. So they can ill afford to fall too far off the pace at this point, without forcing them to make a mad dash at the end similar to last September. On the other hand, going head-to-head against Baltimore and New York gives the Rays an opening to substantially improve their position heading into...
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