Found October 09, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
Record: 92-71, 2nd place in the American League East After missing the playoffs last season, the Tampa Bay Rays made a return to October in their eighth campaign under manager Joe Maddon. The 92 victories marked the fourth consecutive season in which they won at least 90 games, a notable feat for a franchise that used to be one of baseballs weakest. In July, when they went a major league best 21-5, the Rays looked capable of winning the American League East and completing a long playoff run. A September slump kept them from catching the Boston Red Sox in the division. But they won nine of 11 games to close the regular season, including a victory over the Texas Rangers in the AL wild-card tiebreaker, to reach the Division Series. This team included the emergence of Alex Cobb and Matt Moore as strong, young rotation members, as well as Alex Torres proving to be an impressive middle reliever. The promotion of hyped prospect Wil Myers provided a burst, and James Loney complemented E...
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