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Tampa Bay Rays News & Links: Still waiting to clinch

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Rays lose and everybody else wins as we wait a little longer for Magic Number Day. Also, KK finds a card.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Tampa Bay Rays Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that wasn’t very fun. Also, I’m not very good at figuring these Magic Number thingies, but it seems to me the best way to track them is find a magic number, but I think we’re at four for the division and two for the playoffs? MLB.com tries to break down the playoff scenarios, and it doesn’t really help. We need Steve Kornacki and his Big Board! Or maybe we just win, baby? That would take care of a lot of this ambiguity. Okay, let’s do that. Luis Patiño gets the start this afternoon against Julian Merryweather.

There was a scandal that broke out from Tuesday’s game when Kevin Kiermaier, um, picked up a card that the Jays catcher dropped? Okay then.

Listen, if you don’t want the Russians to “steal” your nuclear secrets, then don’t accidentally mail them to the Kremlin? KK talked about it after the game.

More on Shane Baz’s impressive first start.

Also, Shane’s dad is ripped.

Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado had an instantly meme-able dust up over the weekend.

They’ve been trying to smooth things over in the days that followed.

Britt Ghiroli on whether Jayce Tingler has lost the clubhouse.

In other “San Diego is burning” news, they dismissed the farm director who put together one of the best farm systems in baseball, because reasons.

We have a new candidate for worst ever first pitch.

If this is in Durham, he definitely hits the Bull.

Old friend Scott Kazmir is starting today for the Giants.

Salvador Perez breaks single season record for most homers in a season by a catcher.

I don’t think I understand the concept here. Is “dress like Zack Greinke day” really just “dress comfy day”?

Finally, from the dog days of September, look at this little fella.