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Against all odds

Despite losing Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and their entire bullpen during the offseason, starting 1-8 and falling nine games out of the wild-card race in early September, the Tampa Bay Rays chased down the Boston Red Sox with a historic finish to make the playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
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  • Rangers 4, Rays 3
    Texas' Adrian Beltre hit three home runs (and Ian Kinsler the fourth) as the Rangers eliminated the Rays for the second straight season.
  • Rangers 4, Rays 3
    A late Tampa Bay rally, and two home runs by Desmond Jennings, can't overcome a four-run seventh-inning by the Texas Rangers.
  • Rangers 8, Rays 6
    A shockingly wild James Shields digs a hole, and the latest rally falls just short.
  • Rays 9, Rangers 0
    Kelly Shoppach hits two home runs, Johnny Damon adds one and rookie Matt Moore allows just two hits in seven innings as the Rays pound the Rangers.
  • From despair to thrill of victory
    After an amazing comeback from nine games down, and then, coming back from a 7-0 deficit, the Rays defeat New York and advance to the playoffs.
  • A September to remember
    See how the Rays, down nine games in early September, came back to win the American League wild-card.
  • Rays 5, Yankees 3
    Matt Joyce and Ben Zobrist homered Tuesday night, helping the surging Rays continue their improbable chase for the AL wild card with a 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
  • Rays 5, Yankees 2
    The Rays tie the Red Sox for the wild-card lead.
  • Rays trail 2-1 in series
    The Rays put themselves in a real must-win situation Tuesday, after losing 4-3 to Texas in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.
  • Rays headed to Texas for playoffs
    The Rays head to Texas for the first round of the American League playoffs against the Rangers. The Rays made history after overcoming a 9-game deficit at the start of September.
  • The Rays' miraculous comeback
    After an amazing comeback from nine games down, and then a comeback down 7-0 against the Yankees, the Rays earn a wild-card spot with a win and Red Sox loss.
  • Meet the Tampa Bay Rays
    In this video series, we will introduce you to the new and returning Rays players.
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