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Tampa Bay Rays more battle-tested than Cleveland Indians

Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria throws

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Both the Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians have seemingly been playing elimination games for the past month, so when they meet Wednesday night for a winner-take-all Wild Card showdown it may seem like "another day, another game."

But despite similar team statistics, the Rays have faced a much tougher road to the playoffs. The Rays played not only in the tough AL East but faced...

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Yankees' playoff chances flatlining

Yankees' Alex Rodriguez sits in the dugout as

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The American League Wild Cards are coming into focus as the season draws to a close.

Here’s an outlook of each of the contending teams, ordered by their odds of making the playoffs (as determined by Baseball Prospectus):

TAMPA BAY RAYS (88-69) Standing: Lead the first Wild Card by 1 game Games left: 5 Postseason probability: 95.3 percent Schedule: 2 @ Yankees, 3 @ Blue Jays The Rays...

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