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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Rays Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Rays season pretty much over, Alex Cobb’s season is over, and I hate you Aaron Hicks

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Yankees Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays fell to the New York Yankees by the score of 6 to 1. With the loss, the Rays have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff picture, as their record fell to 76-81 on the season. They still have five games remaining, so there is still a chance they can finish the year a the .500 mark for the first time since 2013.

Blake Snell looked like his early season self rather than the Snell we’ve seen as of late as he lacked any command and was removed from the game after failing to record an out during the second inning. He allowed four runs on four hits, he also walked four and struck out one, recording just one inning of work.

The Rays bullpen continued their strong late season effort as they yielded just two runs over the final seven innings they pitched, with Austin Pruitt being responsible for both runs.

On the offensive side of things, a first inning grand slam was thwarted by an incredible catch from Aaron Hicks, that resulted in a sacrifice fly from Wilson Ramos...and that was it, the Rays didn’t score again the rest of the night. Steven Souza Jr and Kevin Kiermaier combined to go 5-6 with a walk, while the rest of the lineup had one hit over 25 at-bats.