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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: September Madness

Game 162 turns ten, more minor league championships,

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MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays lost to the Astros in a way that ordinarily would have been heartbreaking, but instead was just sort of interesting. The best news is, the game didn’t go to extras. Other good news: Wander extended his on-base streak to 42 (without batting gloves? that’s new, right?). The worst news was, Yandy Diaz left early with an injury.

The Mariners beat the A’s AGAIN.

Combined with the Boston loss to the Orioles, the win pulled the Mariners within a half-game of the Red Sox for the second wild card.

The Cardinals clinched the second NL Wildcard by winning their 17th game in a row.

The big Rays story of the weekend (beside clinching the AL East) was that stupid Tampontreal sign. Well, during yesterday’s pregame, an chastened and apologetic Stu Sternberg backpedaled on the idea.

Evan Drellich on the split city plan.

Topper on Chad Mottola.

Adam Conley hits the COVID IL.

Wisler is on hand.

ZiPS projects the stretch run. Go Team Chaos!

In affiliate news, the Charleston RiverDogs won the Low A East title, beating the Down East Wood Ducks three games to two.

Also, the Bowling Green Hot Rods won the High A East title, beating Greensboro Grasshoppers three games to two.

But the Montgomery Biscuits were unable to complete the affiliate sweep, dropping their series to the Mississippi Braves two games to one.

From the Athletic ($) a retrospective on the legacy Game 162.

From the Ringer, baseball analysts take on the deceptive delivery.

A sweet story about Ryan Yarbrough that started with the time he hit Mike Trout with a pitch.

Not baseball move, but this happened during the Monday Night Football Manning-cast. I can totally see Brian Anderson doing this.