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The Tampa Bay Rays are the 2020 American League East Champions

Photo by Al Bello/ The Rays have clinched their first division title since 2010 The Tampa Bay Rays have begun the roaring twenties with their first division title in a decade as they have successfully clinched the American East division title with a dominant win over the New York Mets. The AL East belongs to the Rays. #CLINCHED pic.twitter.com/MvrtQhRQrY— MLB (@MLB) September 24, 2020 Despite a slew of major injuries plaguing the team, the Rays have managed to register the best record in the American League, currently possessing the top seed for the playoffs entering play on...


Rays 8, Mets 5: Party like it’s 2010

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports For the first time since 2010, the Rays are AL East Champions. With the Rays (along with over half of the American League) having a postseason spot all but locked up for quite some time now, it’s felt like there hasn’t been a whole lot to play for. Tonight, however, the Rays had a chance to do something they had not done in a decade: win the American League East. Tyler Glasnow got the start for the Rays, coming off an outing where he struck out 10 of 21 batters faced at Camden Yards in a game where the good guys won 2-1, and the strikeout stuff was on...


Instant analysis: Mets fall to Rays, putting postseason hopes on life support

The Mets' already slim postseason hopes were dealt a devastating blow as they fell to the Rays on Wednesday.        

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Rays beat Mets 8-5, clinch 1st AL East title in 10 years

Randy Arozarena homered twice and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched their first AL East title in 10 years Wednesday night with an 8-5 victory over the New York Mets.

New York Daily News

Mets' loss to Rays kills playoff momentum, gives Tampa AL East title

The thing that has evaded the Mets most all season also skirted them in their final home game of 2020: a much-needed win.

Martinez struggles as Cards are blown out by Royals

Righthander gives up eight runs and leaves with an injury.

Together, apart: Bader describes how 2020 protocols, challenges creates distance, feels 'a little lonely, honestly'

Team returns to St. Louis — and right into isolation to prepare for postseason bubble. Also: Hudson seeking a second opinion for his right elbow injury.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Braves beat Marlins again 9-4, but Fried hurt in 1st inning

Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves cruised to their third straight win over the Miami Marlins, 9-4 Wednesday night in a game overshadowed by Max Fried's early departure with an ankle injury.


Red Sox Notes: Nathan Eovaldi Puts Together Solid Outing In Final Start

Nathan Eovaldi looked pretty solid Wednesday in what likely was his last game of the season. The righty tossed six scoreless innings against the Orioles and led Boston to a 9-1 victory over Baltimore at Fenway Park. And despite injury, he was a bright spot in the Red Sox’s rotation during Major League Baseball’s abbreviated […] The post Red Sox Notes: Nathan Eovaldi Puts Together Solid Outing In Final Start appeared first on NESN.com.


View from the Catwalks: Oh well, Wednesday is better day to celebrate anyway

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports On a night filled with clinches, Rays will have to wait another day to clinch the division On a night filled with clinches, the Rays came up short. They dropped a game to the Mets 5-2, while the Yankees knocked off the Blue Jays, thus keeping the Rays Magic Number for clinching the division at 1. It’s still all but certain that the Rays will win the division, but let’s not tempt fate. Go get em, Tyler. * * * This homer by Robby Cano last night was absurd. This was the highest pitch any batter has hit for a HR this season. https://t.co/SQ4m1kimh7—...


GDT: Just one more win...

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Rays hope to clinch tonight Go Rays!


Photos: Mets top Rays, 5-2

The New York Mets hosted the Tampa Bay Rays at Citi Field on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020.        

The Denver Post

Rockies’ David Dahl goes on injured list; Scott Oberg has surgery for blood clots

Rockies outfielder David Dahl, who's played sparingly this season as he's battled various injuries, was placed on the 45-day injured list Wednesday with a right shoulder strain and will miss the final six games of the season.


New York Mets, Tampa Bay Rays announce Wednesday lineups

Tyler Glasnow (4-1, 4.21) will start for the Rays, while Michael Wacha (1-3, 6.75) goes for the Mets.        

New York Daily News

Seth Lugo proving he’s a starter, helps Mets beat Rays to keep hope alive

Seth Lugo bounced back from his worst outing in over two years with 6.1 innings of one-run ball in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Alonso, Mets put Rays' clinch party on hold with 5-2 win

Pete Alonso and the New York Mets prevented Tampa Bay from clinching the AL East crown Tuesday night, beating the Rays 5-2 behind three home runs and Seth Lugo's bounce-back pitching performance.

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Outside The Confines: The final days of the season are upon us

Photo by Hunter Martin/ As one of the strangest seasons in history draws to a close, some questions linger. As the season draws to a close, many teams are eagerly watching the standings, checking on magic numbers, waiting for a postseason clinch or a division win. The Cubs came close last night, but alas, a walkoff means they’ll need to wait a little longer. (Update: Losses from the Phillies and Reds mean the Cubs do indeed clinch a postseason berth!) Likewise the Rays‘ hopes of taking the AL East were put on pause by two New York teams: the Mets, who beat the Rays 5-2; and the...

Amazin Avenue

Open Thread: Mets vs. Rays, 9/23/20

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports The Mets look to keep their (slim) playoff hopes alive with Michael Wacha on the bump. Mets Lineup Brandon Nimmo - CF Michael Conforto - DH Jeff McNeil - RF Pete Alonso - 1B Dominic Smith - LF Robinson Cano - 2B Todd Frazier - 3B Andres Gimenez - SS Wilson Ramos - C SP: Michael Wacha - RHP Rays Lineup Yoshi Tsutsugo - DH Brandon Lowe - 2B Randy Arozarena - LF Nate Lowe - 1B Hunter Renfroe - RF Joey Wendle - 3B Willy Adames - SS Manuel Margot - CF Mike Zunino - C SP: Tyler Glasnow - RHP First pitch: 7:10 PM EDT TV: SNY Radio: WCBS...

Lookout Landing

Mariners go quietly into the night, fall 6-1

Photo by Abbie Parr/ zzzzzz I’ve been trying to tell myself to enjoy the last week of this season. Sure, playoffs were a two-day fever dream, this bullpen remains highly suspect, and now Dylan Moore - easily a top-five positive development story of the year - is out with a concussion? That all sucks, but we only have a few of these left until 2021, and even that isn’t a guarantee. So could we please, please have a fun time tonight? live look at the baseball gods reading this request Ljay Newsome was coming off of a pretty rough outing in San Francisco, and opened...

Amazin Avenue

A strong start by Seth Lugo helps lead the Mets over the Rays

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports Lugo outduels Blake Snell as Mets strive to keep faint playoff hopes alive. After necessity granted Seth Lugo his longstanding wish to return to the starting rotation, the experiment got off to a promising start as the ace reliever was stretched out. However, Lugo struggled mightily in his last start in Philadelphia. Tuesday offered a promising bounce back performance Lugo did surrender a solo home home run to Willy Adames in the top of the second as the Rays jumped to an early 1-0 lead. Robinson Cano answered right back for the Mets, lining a Blake Snell...


Padres notes: Blessings in disguise; Tatis' day off; Campusano's steps

Early injuries Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham allowed Padres to see what they had in Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar

Purple Row

Wednesday Rockpile: How Nolan Arenado’s injury could affect the Rockies

Photo by Denis Poroy/ Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Nolan Arenado was placed on the 10-day Injured List on Tuesday with left AC joint inflammation and a left shoulder bone bruise, effectively ending his season. In speaking with the media after the announcement, he said he believed the injury occurred during the series in Oakland on July 28-29. The shoulder had been nagging him all season, most notably at the plate since it was his non-throwing arm. His offensive triple slash was .253/.303/.434 in 182 at-bats — his lowest since 2013 (the batting...

Amazin Avenue

Mets Morning News for September 23, 2020

Photo by Jim McIsaac/ Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets took the second game of a three game set against the Rays on Tuesday night. Seth Lugo got the start, pitching into the seventh inning, allowing two runs, one of which was earned, while striking out seven. At the plate, Pete Alonso broke out of a slump, going 2-3 with a home run and driving in three runs. Edwin Diaz got the save, securing the win for the Mets. Choose your recap: Amazin’ Avenue short. Newsday, NY Post, Daily News, and MLB.com. Jacob deGrom, who is...


Padres limping out of home finale loss to Angels

Mike Clevinger leaves start with apparent injury, Padres' bats quiet again in defeat

New York Daily News

Dellin Betances needs to prove to Mets he can still bring the heat

Dellin Betances has been on the injured list since Aug. 30 with a right lat injury that the Mets are referring to as “tightness.” He was back at Citi Field on Wednesday.

New York Post

Michael Conforto gets closer to rejoining Mets lineup

Michael Conforto missed a second straight start Tuesday night, but he was considered to be available coming off the bench, which represented an upgrade from a day earlier. The outfielder sat again because of left hamstring discomfort. Conforto incurred the injury Sunday in right field while chasing a ball hit by the Braves’ Marcell Ozuna...

Bluebird Banter

GameThread Game #56: Yankees at Blue Jays

Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports The Blue Jays are looking for the series split once again, and potentially are able to clinch a playoff spot tonight. However, a lot of things have to happen first: The Angels must lose to San Diego The Mariners must lose to Houston The Tigers must lose to Minnesota The Blue Jays must win tonight there are 5 days left in the regular season and it is still mathematically possible for the Tigers to either make the playoffs or get the #2 overall pick— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) September 23, 2020 We have some injury updates: Other Blue...

Bless You Boys

The Tigers rookie position players have offered a glimpse at their potential

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports It’s not a very inspiring group, but the rookie hitters have had their moments this season. Way back in early March, a point that feels much more than six months in the past, the Tigers were expected to have some reinforcements for the pitching staff coming from the farm this season, but there weren’t many good candidates to boost the offense in case of injury. So it’s a small victory that the Tigers young hitters have done as well as they have. Of the group of five rookie position players, only Willi Castro and Isaac Paredes have received a notable...

Lowe's home run lifts Rays to walk-off win | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/21/19

Condensed Game: Nate Lowe hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 11th inning, giving the Rays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://

Adames' walk-off lifts Rays in 11 frames | Red Sox-Rays Game Highlights 9/20/19

Condensed Game: Willy Adames lined the walk-off single in the 11th to deliver the Rays a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https://www

Meadows' HR in 11th propels Rays | Rays-Dodgers Game Highlights 9/18/19

Condensed Game: Austin Meadows clubbed a go-ahead home run in the 11th inning to lead the Rays to a marathon win in extras Don't forget to subscribe! https://www.youtube.com/mlb Follow us elsewhere too: Twitter: https://twitter.com/MLB Instagram: https: