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Rays-Twins, Part II; complicated clinching

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September

The Rays will try to move one step closer - and potentially clinch- their first-ever playoff berth with a win tonight (and considerable help from other teams).

Here's how Tampa Bay clinches -- the Rays have to win tonight, and also have the White Sox lose (to Kansas City), Blue Jays lose (at home to Boston) and the Yankees lose (at home to Baltimore).

*Before the game, the Rays announced that OF Fernando Perez was their minor league player of the year, and LHP David Price was their minor league pitcher of the year. Both, of course, are September call-ups who have already had a big impact on the team's postseason push.

*CF B.J. Upton ran the bases during pre-game and said he felt no pain, and there's a chance he could return to the starting lineup as early as Saturday, but most likely Sunday.

*Closer Troy Percival felt good one day after his first outing in over a week, and manager Joe Maddon said he still hadn't decided if the 39-year-old veteran was ready to go on back-to-back days.

*Several more Rays walked into the clubhouse sporting mohawks - including Price, Jonny Gomes and Willy Aybar.

RAYS

Iwamura, 2B
Bartlett, SS
Pena, 1B
Longoria, 3B
Floyd, DH
Navarro, C
Gross, RF
Hinske, LF
Perez, CF

TWINS

Span, RF
Casilla, 2B
Mauer, C
Morneau, 1B
Kubel, DH
Young, LF
Tolbert, 3B
Punto, SS
Gomez, CF
Blackburn, RHP

[Last modified: Monday, December 21, 2009 12:39am]

    

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