Rays eliminated as A's win
The Rays did what they could to keep their postseaon hopes alive by beating Baltimore 5-3 Monday, but they were eliminated about 3 hours later when the A's beat the Rangers.
The Rays are 89-71, with two games to play, as their season of grand expectation ended in disappointment, and after two consecutive trips to the playoffs, and three in the previous four, they are not going back this year.
Manager Joe Maddon said earlier Monday even if they were eliminated he felt they still had something to play for, specifically 90 wins.
“For me, to win 90 games would be significant regardless,’’ he said before the game. “To win 90 games again pretty much puts you in an elite situation. … There’s a lot of under the hood kind of stuff that we’ve done that’s been really good, so for me, if this were not to happen, to at least win 90 games would be significant still from an organizational perspective as we continue to grow.’’
RHP James Shields and RHP Jeremy Hellickson are still expected to start the final two games. Maddon said he would talk to 3B Evan Longoria and C Jose Molina, who have both been limited physically, to see if they wanted to play in the final two games.