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ST. PETERSBURG Ted Williams Jersey , Fla. (AP) ? Thanks to an infusion of young talent, the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a slow start to win 90 games and spawn lofty expectations for next season.What was supposed to a rebuilding year for the Rays, who trimmed payroll in the winter and purged the roster again, might have been even more special if not for the success of AL East rivals Boston and New York.The Red Sox repeated as division champion with 108 victories and the Yankees won 100 to earn AL?s top wild-card berth.The Rays finished 18 games behind Boston and 10 behind New York, but weren?t eliminated from post-season contention until Sept. 24.?I hope we don?t have two 100-win teams in our division next year,? manager Kevin Cash said. ?But if we do, we?re one of them.?First-time All-Star Blake Snell led the major leagues with 21 wins and an AL-leading 1.89 ERA, rookie Joey Wendle played solid defense while hitting .300 in 139 games, and C.J. Cron had 30 homers and 74 RBIs after being acquired during a trade in spring training.?As an organization there was some amount of satisfaction that came with the work that we?ve been doing the last several years to prepare a young group coming through our minor leagues ? and to see that finally hit our major league team,? general manager Erik Neander said.?When we look back at this year, hopefully it will be seen as the year that started off a run of many competitive, playoff achieving seasons,? Neander added Jim Rice Jersey , ?and hopefully, a championship in there at some point.?The Rays lost 12 of 15 to begin the season, digging themselves into a hole few people felt they were capable of escaping after a winter that saw them trade Evan Longoria, Steven Souza Jr., Corey Dickerson and Jake Odorizzi and lose starting pitcher Alex Cobb to free agency.They trimmed salary again in July, unloading pitchers Chris Archer, Nathan Eovaldi and Alex Colome, as well as All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos and Denard Span to make way for the youth movement that keyed a second-half surge.The Rays went 41-25 after the All-Star break, including 19-9 in September. They were 9-1-2 over their last 12 series.?Coming out of spring training we didn?t know what kind of club we were going to have on the field as far as wins and losses,? Cash said, ?but we knew we had a good group of guys, a good core group of guys and a lot to look forward to ? with some of younger players getting opportunities.?One of the keys to overcoming the slow start was creative use of the bullpen that included the introduction of ?openers? ? relievers who started games and generally faced from three to nine batters.A ?bullpen day? starter, by comparison http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-nomar-garciaparra-jersey , usually pitched deeper into games though normally no more than twice through an opposing team?s lineup.Prior to the debut of the ?opener? on May 19, the Rays ranked 22nd in the majors in ERA. From that day forward, they were third-best behind the Dodgers and Astros.?I think any time you?re trying something a little bit different, you don?t know how it?s going to be perceived and how it will work out,? senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said. ?You know you?re going to learn along the way, and we did learn. Overall, we were very pleased with how it went.?Some things to know about the Rays:DOMINANT SNELLSnell had 27 starts in which he allowed two or fewer runs, most by an AL pitcher since Wilbur Wood had 27 for the White Sox in 1972. The last two AL pitchers to win at least 21 games and a sub-2.00 ERA were Roger Clemens for the Red Sox in 1990 and Ron Guidry for the Yankees in 1978.RARE COMPANYThe Rays, who made the playoffs four times in six seasons from 2008-2013, have won at least 90 games six times over the last 11 seasons. The Red Sox (seven) and Dodgers (seven) and Yankees (six) are the only teams with as many or more during that stretch.NOT SATISFIEDCash called finishing with a winning record an ?accomplishment,? but noted the standard for the organization is much higher.?We?re not going to settle for just the feel good story ? but you?ve got to be proud of what?s taken place to this point, and we are,? the manager said. SEATTLE (AP) ? The Mariners? offensive woes have been the chief culprit for their fall from AL playoff contention. Those struggles showed up again Tuesday night Christian Vazquez Jersey , only furthering Seattle?s fade from the wild-card race.Wil Myers lined an RBI double off major league saves leader Edwin Diaz with one out in the ninth inning, lifting the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win and dropping the Mariners 8 1/2 games back in the race for the second AL wild card.The Mariners only have 18 games left after losing to the Padres for the third time in the past month. It was the 11th time since July 1 the Mariners scored one run or fewer. Not surprisingly, they dropped to 1-10 in those games.?Story of tonight, just our lack of offensive production. We haven?t done much at all swinging the bats against San Diego this year,? Seattle manager Scott Servais.While Seattle?s hitters failed to come through with scoring chances, Myers got the better of the best closer in baseball this season. Myers lined an RBI double off Diaz to snap the 1-1 tie.Diaz (0-4) struggled without having a chance at his 55th save and left pitches up. He gave up singles to Hunter Renfroe and Eric Hosmer leading off the inning. After a strikeout of Franmil Reyes, Myers jumped on the first pitch and pulled it into the left field corner, letting pinch-runner Travis Jankowski score easily from second.It was just the second inning all night the Padres put multiple runners on base, but they were able to capitalize on their opportunity unlike the Mariners.?To be able to get something going off a guy like that is pretty tough,? Myers said. ?I think it?s pretty cool that we can sit back and say we got to arguably the best closer in the game. You take some confidence in that.?Seattle was 1 for 6 with runners in scoring position and missed on chances to take the lead in both the seventh and eighth innings. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save.Seattle had runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh and failed to score, and loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth inning and failed to score again. Cameron Maybin, who doubled in the seventh, couldn?t come through in the eighth against Craig Stammen (8-2) http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-fred-lynn-jersey , flying out to the warning track in right to end the threat.?In those situations, you?ve got to get your pitch to hit, and we didn?t do anything with it,? Servais said.Robinson Cano?s solo home run in the third inning was Seattle?s only run.STARTING OFFMarco Gonzales pitched well in his first start off the disabled list for Seattle. Gonzales lost four straight decisions before going on the disabled list with a muscle strain in his neck on Aug. 27. In all four starts, he allowed at least four earned runs. In two of the starts he was knocked around for seven and eight earned runs.Gonzales was on a limited pitch count but made the most of his five innings, allowing just four hits and one run before departing after 66 pitches. He struck out two and limited any damage to Reyes? RBI infield single in the fourth inning.?I just started to throw across my body a little more so mechanically made a little adjustment and cleaned up some things that showed tonight,? Gonzales said. ?I thought I had some life on my pitches.?San Diego starter Bryan Mitchell was even better. Making his second start after missing four months due to an elbow injury, Mitchell allowed four hits over six innings. His lone mistake was the changeup he left up in the zone that Cano hit out to center field. Mitchell retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.TRAINER?S ROOMPadres: Rookie 2B Luis Urias injured his left hamstring to beat out a grounder in the eighth inning. Urias pulled up just before he reached first base and had to be helped back to the San Diego dugout.CALL UPSPadres: San Diego added infielder Javy Guerra and pitchers Kazuhisa Makita, Colten Brewer and Brad Wieck to its active roster. Manager Andy Green said Guerra would get some time at shortstop in the closing weeks.Mariners: Seattle?s expanding roster added right-handers Matt Festa and Nick Rumbelow from Double-A Arkansas, along with reinstating Gonzales from the DL. Rumbelow and Festa both had brief stints with the Mariners earlier in the season. Seattle now has 38 players on its active roster.UP NEXTPadres: Lefty Joey Lucchesi (7-8) will make his 23rd start of his rookie season. Lucchesi allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings in a victory over Seattle last month.Mariners: Lefty Wade LeBlanc (8-3) will make his 23rd start and has not allowed an earned run in his last 18 innings pitched. LeBlanc has thrown at least six innings in his last three starts.

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