Tampa Bay Rays clinch AL playoff berth

Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2011, file photo, New York Yankees pitcher A.J. Burnett throws in relief during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a trade that would send Burnett to Pittsburgh for two minor leaguers, a deal that would clear the way New York to add Raul Ibanez.  Pittsburgh agreed it would pay $13 million of the $33 million salary due Burnett for 2012 and 2013, a person familiar with the negotiations said Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, speaking on condition of anonymity because no announcement has been made. The sides still were working on the payment schedule for the amount the Yankees would cover, the person said. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson, File)

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A startling comeback on the final day of the regular season (Sept. 28) carried the Tampa Bay Rays back to the playoffs.

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