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2012 MLB Standings: Tampa Bay Sit Just Outiside Of Wild Card

As the Tampa Bay Rays continue their four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday, the Rays sit just outside of a playoff spot as they enter the last month of the regular season.

Tampa Bay sits just 1.5 games behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild card spot and 2.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics for the other wild card position.

The Blue Jays have been on a bit of a slide recently, losing seven of their last ten games overall, but the Blue Jays did take the first game of their series against the Rays on Thursday. Still, the Rays have to take advantage of the opportunity given to them as their opponents take on difficult matchups.

The A's take on the Boston Red Sox this weekend in a three game series, but they face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim seven times over the next two weeks. Baltimore have a big taking on the AL East leading New York Yankees and face New York four more times next week.

If the Rays can win take two out of three from the Blue Jays the rest of the weekend, Tampa Bay should be in good shape heading into the final weeks of the regular season.

For more on the Rays, visit DRays Bay and SB Nation Tampa Bay. For even more baseball news, head over to Baseball Nation.

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