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Rays Vs. Yankees: Tampa Bay Looks To Move Into Wild Card Lead Tuesday Night

The Rays are tied with the Red Sox for the wild card lead. Can they move into first place?

Fans of the Tampa Bay Rays may finally believe that they're going to pull off the unthinkable and storm all the way back from 9 games back dating back to September 2nd. The Rays have won 15 of 21 games since then, including four straight and three in a row over their opponent Tuesday night, the New York Yankees. Aiding the Rays during their surge has been the collapse of the Boston Red Sox, losers of 20 of their past 27. In the month of September, Boston sports an atrocious 6-19 record, the second worst mark in the month of September in franchise history (4-18 in 1926).

Jeremy Helickson (13-10, 2.90) gets the start for the Rays; Bartolo Colon (8-10, 4.02) takes the mound of the Yankees. First pitch from Tropicana Field is scheduled for 7:10 pm local time.

While the Rays are battling the Yankees, the Boston Red Sox will be in Baltimore playing the Orioles, desperately trying to put a halt to the miserable month of Septemeber that has allowed the Rays to move back into contention. Erik Bedard will take the hill for Boston, while Zach Britton is scheduled to pitch for the O's.

Go Rays!

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