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Blue Jays AL East Recap: Jays fall further in shrinking playoff race

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Sep 3, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes out starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 3, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons (5) takes out starting pitcher Marco Estrada (25) during the sixth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
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Rays just won’t quit
Tampa Bay Rays: 64-85

Tampa Bay continues to be the wild card in the AL East. While not in contention for anything, the Rays have made a habit of late making easy games difficult.

With the rest of their division competing with teams well above .500, the Rays have been one of the hardest teams to beat in the A.L. East. Tampa Bay ended the week 4-3, and stalled both the Orioles and Blue Jays in their attempt to gain ground in the A.L. East race. The Blue Jays were looking to put their past behind them, but the Rays pulled out their Kryptonite and stung the Jays in the last two games. Then, with the Orioles looking to consolidate, the Rays split a four-game series, stunting Baltimore.

This is nothing new, either. The Rays have been very good against their AL East foes all year. It’s only now in the stretch run that it is becoming apparent. The Rays have proven to be worthy foes the last four weeks, dashing hopes and stunting ascents to the top. If the Rays can compete like this against the entire American League next year, the East will have yet another team to worry about.

Final Takeaway:

The Rays appear to be enjoying their role as spoiler. With 13 left to play, they could have as big an impact on the Playoff Race as any of the contenders.

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