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Rays are in, eye East title

September 30, 2010
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

ST. PETERSBURG (AP) - Kevin Millwood allowed two hits over seven innings, Felix Pie hit a two-run triple and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 before a capacity crowd of 36,973 Wednesday night.

The Rays gave away 20,000 tickets for the regular-season home finale. Fans begin lining up outside the stadium several hours before gametime. The team said the allotment of free tickets was exhausted about 45 minutes before first pitch.

Tampa Bay clinched its second playoff berth in three years before 17,891 Tuesday night. Monday night's potential clincher drew 12,446, a number that moved stars Evan Longoria and David Price to complain about a lack of fan support.

"I think it's cool, absolutely," Price said of the ticket giveaway. "It's pretty neat."

Millwood (4-16) struck out seven and walked three. Jim Johnson gave up a single during the eighth before Koji Uehara completed a three-hitter and picked up his 11th save.

The Rays entered Wednesday with a half-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Yankees were at Toronto.

The magic number to clinch their second AL East crown in three years is any combination of three Rays wins and Yankees losses. Tampa Bay owns the tiebreaker after winning the season series between the clubs 10-8.

Winning the division would mean starting the playoffs at home. Finishing with the AL's top record would mean homefield advantage in the AL championship series as well.



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