Don't know about you, but I can't help getting a nice warm feeling when I think of the Tampa Bay Rays ending up with the top American League seed in the postseason. They needed the Yankees to lose their last two games against the Red Sox, but were the last team standing today and will face the Texas Rangers in the Divisional Series.

This is a team without a fan base and without an adequate salary budget, but they have done the right things behind the scenes and have a terrific manager in Joe Maddon. They've proven that it can be done more than once without a $150 million payroll, which means the Orioles cannot use that as an excuse anymore.

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There are a couple of games still going. The Rays are in extra innings in a game they really don't have to win and the San Francisco Giants have a two-run lead over the surprising Padres in the fourth inning, trying to wrap up the NL West tile. I grew up a Giants fan, but have to admit I'd like to see the Padres win this game force a wild card playoff with the Braves tomorrow.

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