Tampa Bay Rays lose playoff spot despite 5-3 win over the Orioles

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Chris Gimenez (credit: Jason Behnken)

Chris Gimenez (credit: Jason Behnken)

Florida News: Rays beat Orioles but lose chance at playoff victory

In Major League Baseball last night, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 in St. Petersburg, but the victory was short lived. The sound of hearts breaking in central Florida was almost as loud as the crack of the bat against the ball when The Oakland A’s also won their game against the Texas Rangers, claiming the final spot in the American League playoffs, putting Tampa Bay out of the running.

Winning streak

Monday night’s win against the Orioles gave the Rays their 11th win in 12 games in a string of impressive victories that put the team in the running for the second AL wild card.

Last night, Joe Maddon, manager of the Tampa Bay Rays, intended to go to bed early and “sleep like a baby,” waiting until morning to catch the results of the game between Oakland and Texas to see if his team would have a spot in the playoffs. But Mr. Maddon got the bad news last night that while his Rays were victorious over the Orioles, it wasn’t enough to hold on to a spot in the playoffs.

Maddon is taking the loss in stride. “Honestly it just is what it is,” he says. “We had opportunities early in the year to win more games and we did not. But so does everybody else. Everybody else is going to be bemoaning the same points if they don’t get there at this juncture. So, for me it’s about staying right here, keep the blinders on, move it forward organizationally speaking.”

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