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Tampa Bay Rays: Another winning season keeps Rays among baseball's elite; road trip gets a wiggy theme

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 88 64 .579—

Baltimore87 65 .572 1

Tampa Bay 83 70 .542 5½

Boston 69 85 .448 20

Toronto 66 85 .43721½

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Baltimore 87 65 .572—

Oakland 86 66 .566—

Los Angeles 84 69 .549 2½

Tampa Bay 83 70 .542 3½

Detroit 80 72 .526 6

Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

Today: off

Next game: at Red Sox, Tuesday, 7:10. Sun Sports Probable pitchers: Rays — David Price (18-5, 2.58); Red Sox — Clay Buchholz (11-6, 4.16)

On deck

Wednesday: at Red Sox, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (9-9, 4.27); Red Sox — Jon Lester (9-13, 4.96)

Thursday: at White Sox, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (15-9, 3.65); White Sox — TBA

Friday: at White Sox, 8:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Matt Moore (10-11, 3.92); White Sox — Gavin Floyd (10-11, 4.56)

Saturday: at White Sox, 4:05, Ch. 13. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (9-10, 3.20); White Sox — Chris Sale (17-7, 2.82)

Sunday: at White Sox, 2:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (18-5, 2.58); White Sox — Francisco Liriano (6-11, 5.24)

What's left

Remaining games for AL wild-card contenders:

RAYS (9) — Home (3): O's (3); Road (6): Red Sox (2), White Sox (4)

O's (10) — Home (7): Jays (4), Red Sox (3); Road (3): RAYS (3)

A's (10) — Home (6): M's (3), Rangers (3); Road (4): Rangers (4)

Angels (9) — Home (3): M's (3); Road (6): Rangers (3), M's (3)

Tigers (10) — Home (4): Royals (4); Road (6): Twins (3), Royals (3)

Rays disabled list

* C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day

* OF Brandon Guyer, left shoulder surgery, 60-day

* out for season

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Winning times 5

Saturday's victory over the Jays notched the Rays' fifth consecutive winning season, which:

• Gives them the third-longest active streak in MLB, behind the Yankees (20) and Phillies, (9, with a 10th pending), and one of 25 major pro teams.

• Makes them the only Tampa Bay major pro team ever to do so, and fourth in Florida (also Dolphins, Magic, Heat).

Getting wiggy with it

The theme for the trip to Boston and Chicago is Wigs Gone Wild, with the players and staff expected to wear wigs — the style, color and design of their choosing. LHP J.P. Howell said he expects a veritable palette of color choices. "We have a bunch of weirdos in here, so that should happen," he said. Any legit wigs will be donated to the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Stat of the day


Shutouts by Rays pitchers, second most in the majors.

Tampa Bay Rays: Another winning season keeps Rays among baseball's elite; road trip gets a wiggy theme 09/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, September 23, 2012 10:16pm]
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