The Rays finished the regular season with 100 wins and took the American League East championship.
Now, they await the winner of Tuesday’s wild-card playoff between Boston and the New York Yankees.
The best-of-five Division Series starts Thursday at Tropicana Field.
Tampa Bay got this far with balance. Their lineup finished second in the major league in runs scored, with 857. Their 3.67 team ERA was tops in the A.L. And 51 of their 100 wins came against division opponents.
Besides the Rays, three other A.L. East teams were in playoff contention on the final day of the season.
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