Tampa Bay Rays clinch spot in playoffs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Tampa Bay Rays clinched a berth in Major League Baseball's post-season by beating the visiting Baltimore Orioles 5-0 on Tuesday.
Young left-hander David Price (19-6) and Rafael Soriano combined on a six-hit shutout that produced a big celebration in the middle of the diamond as players poured out from the dugout after Soriano struck out Adam Jones for the last out.
"David pitched great, we made some really good plays on our defense and the offense came through with some big hits," Rays manager Joe Maddon said in an on-field interview. "Typical team win for us.
The Rays will be making their second trip to the playoffs. When they last appeared in the playoffs in 2008 the Rays made it to the World Series, where they fell to the Philadelphia Phillies in five games.
Tampa Bay has another game against the Orioles before closing the season with four games against the Royals in Kansas City
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Frank Pingue)