Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 10/1/13
The Tampa Bay Rays claimed the second Wild Card berth upstaging the Texas Rangers 5-2 in a contest dominated by Rays ace lefty David Price. The 28-year old pitched a gutsy complete game victory leading his troops to victory and setting up a one game playoff with the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. Price established his inside fastball early which allowed him to keep Rangers hitters off balance as the game progressed into the later innings. The lanky lefty scattered 7 hits for 2 runs while fanning 4 and walking 1 for the complete game win. Price hasn’t had a typical David Price season but returned to form when it mattered most. Rays manager Joe Maddon stuck with his ace when it appeared Joel Peralta was warmed and ready to replace Price to start the 8th inning. Maddon had a change of heart, went with his gut and left Price on the bump for not only the 8th but the 9th inning and the rest is history. The Rays have now appeared in the post season 4 out of the last 6 seasons. The Rays of...
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