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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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Yankees may wish they had a do-over on several players

Nick Swisher pumps his fist during batting practice

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The Yankees may want a do-over.

Perhaps a couple of them.

At the end of the 2012 season the team faced decisions on five significant free agents: Nick Swisher, Ichiro Suzuki, Russell Martin, Eric Chavez and Raul Ibanez.

The Yankees let four walk and retained Suzuki for two years, $13 million.

Let’s be clear: Most of the logic made sense at the time. The Yankees wanted to...

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Yankees' schedule offers path to Wild Card

Curtis Granderson of the Yankees looks on against

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There's still a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two American League Wild-Card playoff spots.

Aside from the jolt of power contributed by Alfonso Soriano and the boost at third base thanks to the return of Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees have a decent schedule ahead.

All of their games against teams over .500 are versus those they're chasing for the Wild Card (Rays, Orioles)...

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Report: Mark Reynolds, Yankees reach deal

Cleveland Indians infielder Mark Reynolds waits in the

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The Yankees have reached a deal with first baseman Mark Reynolds, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

The Cleveland Indians had designated the right-handed hitting Reynolds for assignment on Aug. 8 and released him on Aug. 12.

Reynolds hit .215 with 15 home runs, 48 RBIs and 123 strikeouts in 98 games with the Indians this season. The 30-year-old slugger is a career .233 hitter with...

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Yankees schedule offers Wild-Card hope

Robinson Cano of the Yankees celebrates his third-inning,

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It’s more than just a possibility that the Yankees could claim one of the two Wild-Card playoff spots. They actually have one of the easier schedules of the teams in the hunt.

Heading into Friday’s game against the Padres, the Yankees are 3.5 games out of the second Wild-Card spot. Texas and Baltimore are tied at a half-game behind the Indians and the Rays are four games up in the Wild-Card...

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