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They're in! The Tampa Bay Rays clinch 2020 postseason berth

After sweeping a doubleheader against the Orioles, coupled with a Mariners loss, the Rays are heading to the playoffs.
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Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, second from right, celebrates with teammates, including Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, of Japan, after his two-run walk-off double off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Shun Yamaguchi during the 10th inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 26, 2020, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Rays have secured a spot in the 2020 postseason.

Three things needed to happen in order for the team to get it done on Thursday. All was accomplished.

To punch their ticket to the playoffs, the Rays had to sweep both games of their doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles. The Mariners also needed to lose their game against the San Francisco Giants.

The Rays took care of their own business, beating the Orioles 3-1 in Game 1 and 10-6 in Game 2. 

And, you guessed it, the Giants beat the Mariners 6-4.

In Game 1, the Rays got it done behind a stellar outing from Blake Snell. The lefty hurled 5 1/3 innings while only allowing one run on two hits and a walk. He had four strikeouts on the day. Tampa Bay won 3-1.

Game 2 was the offensive showing that Game 1 certainly was not. Willy Adames and Joey Wendle each had three RBIs on the night.

So, now, the Rays are heading to the playoffs after an abnormal 60-game season, first delayed then cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They last appeared in 2019 when they lost to the Houston Astros in the Division Series.

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