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Tampa Bay Rays' playoff fate will be determined this week

The Rays' playoff fate will be determined in the next three or four days, beginning with tonight's game against the Yankees at Tropicana Field.

The Rays, nine games out of a playoff spot on Sept. 3, now trail the Red Sox by just a game in the wild-card standings. Each team has three games remaining.

Tonight's 7:10 p.m. game marks the start of a three-game series against the AL East champion Yankees. The Rays' James Shields (15-12) will pitch against Hector Noesi (2-1).

Plenty of tickets remain in all price categories. They can be purchased at the stadium box office, by calling 888-FAN-RAYS or visiting

The game will be televised by Sun Sports and carried on 620-AM radio.

The Red Sox end the regular season with three games against the last-place Orioles, who took three of four against Boston early last week.

MLB Network will show the Red Sox-Orioles game in the Tampa Bay market, starting at 7 p.m.

If the Rays overtake the Red Sox and win the wild card, they will open the best-of-five division series Friday at the Tigers or Rangers. If the Rays and Red Sox tie, they will play a one-game playoff Thursday at the Trop, with the winner traveling to Detroit or Arlington on Friday.

Tampa Bay Rays' playoff fate will be determined this week 09/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, September 26, 2011 1:23pm]
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