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For starters: Rays at Jays, still in control



UPDATE, 11:50: SS Yunel Escobar is back in the Rays lineup, and should be good to go from here out. ... Maddon said he was confident the Rays would shake off the disappointment of Friday's loss. ... Team officials are working on contingency plans if they have to go to Cleveland for a tie-breaker game on Monday (which would be at 4 p.m.) and the Texas on Tuesday. ... If you are into omens, the Jays at first base today have Ryan Langerhans, who in 2009, when playing for Seattle, hit a walkoff homer off J.P. Howell that effectively ended the Rays season.

Rays lineup:
Zobrost 2b
Rodriguez lf
Myers rf
Longoria 3b
Young dh
Escobar ss
Loney 1b
Molina c
Fuld cf
Archer p

Jays lineup:
Reyes ss
Lawrie 3b
Lind dh
Sierra rf
Gose cf
Goins 2b
Langerhans 1b
Thole c
Pillar lf
Happ p

DEVELOPING: Coming off a sloppy loss to the Jays last night, the Rays take this field this afternoon still in control of their own destiny to win a wild-card playoff spot.

Simply put, if the Rays (90-70)  win their final two games they are the top wild-card and host Wednesday's game against either the Indians or Rangers.

And the Rays could be celebrating clinching a playoff berth as soon as this afternoon if they win today and the Rangers, who start at noon, were to lose.

But if the Rays lose again today, things can get quite complicated with the increased potential for a three-team tiebreaker which could require two play-in games get to the one-game playoff game.

The Rays will start rookie Chris Archer in Game 161 today, and Archer insists he won't treat the game any differently despite the higher stakes. The Jays are starting LHP J.A. Happ.

SS Yunel Escobar (sore left ankle) is expected to be back in the Rays lineup today. CF Desmond Jennings (hamstring strain) is not.

Lineups when available.



[Last modified: Saturday, September 28, 2013 11:57am]


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