Found September 09, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
This is it -- a series we thought would go a long way in deciding the American League East when the Tampa Bay Rays were one of baseball's hottest teams. This is it -- Rays vs. Boston Red Sox -- but this key set at Tropicana Field from Tuesday to Thursday has taken on a different meaning after Tampa Bay's stumble through the West Coast. At this point, survival is the goal for the Rays. A 3-7 slide against the Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners has altered expectations for what is reasonable. Once, Tampa Bay had visions of an AL East title and bypassing the win-or-go-home wild-card game. Now, the Rays must focus on holding off the Baltimore Orioles, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees to earn a chance to play in October as a wild card at all. Bottom line: A 7 12-game deficit to Boston in the division looks like a steep climb with less than three weeks left in the regular season. Manager Joe Maddon's team can't afford another significant...
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