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Tampa Bay Rays making plans for a playoff-clinching celebration

There will be bubbly for playoff clincher

ST. PETERSBURG — Clinching a spot in the playoffs will be a big deal — and a wet-and-wild one — for the Rays, who are poised for a champagne celebration as soon as tonight.

"Absolutely, because you always celebrate achievement. Always," manager Joe Maddon said. "Your first born, bar mitzvahs, first communions and clinching playoff berths all should be celebrated."

With a magic number of two, the first of the Rays' hoped-for five celebrations could happen as soon as tonight, if they win and the Red Sox lose.

But it would involve some unusual circumstances: the Rays, who play at 1:40, having to wait until close to midnight, as the Red Sox-Yankees ESPN game doesn't start until 8:05.

Rays officials were discussing plans for a late-night gathering of the players.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Tampa Bay Rays making plans for a playoff-clinching celebration 09/25/10 [Last modified: Sunday, September 26, 2010 12:40pm]
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