The Rays are on a roll right now that is probably unparalleled this season. By virtue of their 10-6 win in New York last night, and the Red Sox 6-0 loss in Baltimore, Tampa Bay has moved into sole possession of first place in the AL East. They also have the best record in baseball. The Rays are 6-1 since the All-Star Break, 16-2 in their last 18, and 20-3 in their last 23 games. Are you serious? The Rays are playing at an .870 clip in their last month of action. This is a team that was hovering around .500 a month ago, and now, they're the best team in the American League.
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Aaron Hicks goes airborne once again (Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Night: Indians 11, Rangers 8. Cleveland jumped out to a 7-1 lead in this one, sending Martin Perez to the showers after just three innings. But, as always, you can't count out the Rangers. Texas scored three runs over the fifth and sixth innings to make it a 7-4 game, but the Indians answered with another run to extend their lead back to four. In the seventh, the Rangers scored twice more to make the game 8-6. In the eighth, they scored two more times thanks to an RBI single from Ian Kinsler. Just like that, that huge lead was gone. After a quiet tenth, Leonys Martin reached in the top of the eleventh on a bunt single, and moved up to third on a wild pitch...but Nelson Cruz popped up to end the inning. In the bottom of the frame, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana led off with back to back singles. With none out, Jason Frasor threw a meatball to Ryan Raburn, who smashed it over the left field wall to end the game.