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Who you should root for in the AL wild-card race

Eight teams are battling for the last playoff spot in the AL. Here are reasons to care about each, including the Angels and Rangers, who meet tonight.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Kevin Kiermaier came out with a bang in just his third game off the DL, pacing the competition with a 443-foot leadoff home run. Jesus Aguilar hit a blast that traveled over 440 feet for the second day in a row, while Cheslor Cuthbert's homer was his second of the season and first since April 8.

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Snell strikes out 8 in win (0:23)
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Hechavarria homers in Rays' win (0:22)

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Now that Aaron Hicks is playing every day, it can be said that every AL East team has a superb defensive center fielder. Feel free to rank them: Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox), Hicks (Yankees), Adam Jones (Orioles), Kevin Pillar (Blue Jays) and, when healthy, Kevin Kiermaier (Rays).

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Rays place rookie P on DL

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed rookie pitcher Jacob Faria on the 10-day disabled list with a left abdominal strain. Tampa Bay announced the roster move, which is retroactive to Aug. 17, before Sunday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Rays ace Chris Archer will move up one spot in the rotation and replace Faria as Tuesday's scheduled starter against the Toronto Blue Jays. Faria, 24, is 5-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 13 starts for Tampa Bay this season. The right-hander has 77 strikeouts in 78 2/3 innings.

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How cold have the Tampa Bay Rays' batters been since the All-Star break (hitting .214 over that span)? Entering Saturday, there were 12 pitchers with at least 10 plate appearances this season who have a batting average better than .214.

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Cruz, Ramirez lead Mariners over Rays 7-1

Nelson Cruz hit two doubles and his 30th home run Friday night and Erasmo Ramirez won his first game for the Seattle Mariners since April 1, 2014, a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Kiermaier back in lineup

The Rays activated OF Kevin Kiermaier (fractured hip) from the 60-day disabled list on Friday and optioned OF Mallex Smith to Triple-A Durham in a corresponding roster move. Kiermaier missed more than two months of action with the injury.

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Year of the long ball

MLB fans have been treated to a season full of hitters showing off their power at the plate. The influx of home runs has put the Astros, Nationals and a few other teams on pace to shatter their respective franchise records for HRs hit in a single season.

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Rays recall Whitley, option Alvarado

The Tampa Bay Rays recalled RHP Chase Whitley from Triple-A Durham on Monday to replace LHP Jose Alvarado, who was optioned Sunday.

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Race for the 2nd AL wild card

ESPN Stats and Information's Mark Simon examines the wild-card chances for the Rays, Twins, Angels, Orioles, Royals and Mariners.

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The Rays were shut out for the fifth time in eight games on Saturday, scoring an average of one run per game over that stretch. The Elias Sports Bureau notes that this is the first time that a team has been shut out five times in an eight-game span in a single season since the 2012 Dodgers from June 25th to July 2nd. It's the first time this has happened in the American League since the 1978 Athletics from June 10th to 17th.

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Adeiny Hechavarría: Valió la pena irme de Cuba

El campocorto de los Rays habla sobre Cuba, el impacto de perder a José Fernández mientras jugaba para los Marlins y acerca de tener que rendir pese a que situaciones personales o políticas pueden hacerte perder el enfoque.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs53823rd
Batting Average.24526th
On Base Percentage.31820th
Slugging Percentage.42119th
Earned Run Average4.089th
Quality Starts59Tied-10th
WHIP1.287th
BAA.2447th

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