Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 3/1/12
The Rays made one of the most improbable end-season runs to sneak into the playoffs as the wild card. Literally minutes after Boston lost in Baltimore on the season's final day to set up a movie-ending scenario, Evan Longoria roped a homer down the left field line to send the Rays to the postseason. Lost in the Longoria homer was that Dan Johnson saved the game in the bottom of the ninth with a clutch home run with two outs and a 2-2 count. Unfortunately, the Rays couldn't get past the Rangers in the first round of the playoffs, losing the series 3-1. This season the Rays return with arguably their strongest lineup and best chance of winning their first World Series. The rotation should be one of the best and the offense will be capable of putting up runs on the board on a nightly basis. There's rightfully a lot of optimism in Tampa. Offseason Moves: Signed Carlos Pena to a one-year deal. Pena reportedly turned down more money for a chance to come back and play for the Rays. H...
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