ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Bad news was waiting for Joe Maddon in the morning.
The Tampa Bay Rays’ manager said he planned to hit the sack and sleep “like a baby” on Monday night, rather than stay up to see whether his team got the help it needed to remain in the playoff race.
No such luck.
Tampa Bay beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 for its 11th victory in 12 games, an impressive stretch that kept the Rays in the hunt for the second AL wild card — until Oakland beat Texas 4-3 later Monday night.
Baltimore already is assured of being in the playoffs for the first time in 15 years, but still has its sights on outlasting the Yankees for the AL East title. The Orioles fell a game out of first place behind New York when the Yankees beat Boston.
“We’ve played 12 playoff games and…
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