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Tampa Bay Rays clinch second straight AL East title with win over in-state rival Marlins

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The Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday defeated the Marlins by a rating of 7-3. That win in tandem with the Yankeesthrilling win over the Red Sox earlier on Saturday signifies that the Rays are American League East champions for 2021.

Here is the out that clinched it in entrance of a season-high introduced crowd of 23,783 at Tropicana Subject in St. Petersburg: 

Within the clinching win, Shane McClanahan allowed one run in 5 innings. Catcher Mike Zunino hit his thirty second residence run of the season, and second baseman Brandon Lowe had 4 hits together with three doubles.

The Rays additionally received the AL East within the abbreviated 2020 season, and general that is the franchise’s fourth division title. Earlier within the week, the Rays clinched their seventh postseason look general and third in a row.

Presently, the Rays are 96-59 on the season, which implies they’re one win from tying the franchise file for wins in a season (97 set by the 2008 pennant-winning staff) with seven video games left within the common season. The Rays even have a hefty 5.0-game lead over the Astros within the race for prime seed within the AL playoffs. Assuming the Rays clinch that prime seed, they will play the winner of the AL Wild Card Recreation within the best-of-five ALDS. At issues stand now, the division-rival Yankees and Purple Sox would meet in that Wild Card Recreation. 

Kevin Money’s membership this season thrived due to a powerhouse offense and one of many AL’s prime bullpens. General, the Rays have spent 90 days and counting in first place, and so they went an 49-24 towards groups inside the division. The Rays did go 18-1 towards the lowly Orioles, however additionally they posted successful information towards the Purple Sox, Yankees, and Blue Jays — contenders, all. 

As has been the case all through latest historical past, the Rays have contended and thrived regardless of the unwillingness of proprietor Stuart Sternberg to put money into the payroll. The Rays will likely be making an attempt to repeat as American League champions and win the the World Collection for the primary time in franchise historical past despite the fact that they rank twenty sixth in MLB in payroll. 

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