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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Last night was a dumpster fire

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Just wipe that game from existence and move on

Last night, the Tampa Bay Rays fell in a disaster of a game to the Texas Rangers.

The Rays took an early 2-0 lead in the first, but Andrew Kittridge and Jalen Beeks teamed up to surrender seven runs to the Rangers. The Rays offense immediately stormed back and tied the game in the 2nd.

Eventually, the Rays would regain the lead but the usually impenetrable Nick Anderson yielded a three run shot to give the Rangers a 10-8 advantage and Texas would go on to win, 10-9. The Rays would have four runners picked off the basepaths during the night, including Matt Duffy from third base and Ji-Man Choi from second.

Standings Update

The American League Wild Card chase is the tightest race in baseball currently with a game separating the top three teams.

Both the Oakland Athletics and Cleveland Indians were victorious so now the Rays hold just a half game lead over the Athletics for the top Wild Card spot, while the Indians sit a half game back of the Athletics for the second spot.

Meanwhile, the Yankees haven’t clinched the division as of yet, but hold a 8.5 game lead entering play on Thursday with 16 games remaining to be played.

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