Red Sox Knocked Out of Playoffs

    Tampa Bay Rays' Evan Longoria, center, celebrates with teammates Sean Rodriguez, left, and Elliot Johnson after his home run that defeated the New York Yankees 8-7 and clinched the AL wild card for the Rays, after a baseball game early Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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    In a wild night for baseball fans, the Tampa Bay Rays secured a playoff spot on Wednesday by coming back from a seven-run deficit against the Yankees, while the Red Sox collapsed in the ninth inning and lost to the Orioles and lost their shot at the playoffs. It was no less exciting for National League fans, as the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the wild card spot in an 8-0 victory over the Houston Astros. Joining the Red Sox in a stunning collapse were the Atlanta Braves, who lost in 13 innings to the Philadelphia Phillies—and lost their playoff spot to the Cardinals in the process. The playoffs will begin Friday.

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