9 against the Rangers at Tropicana Field. The loss sent the Orioles to Texas, where they'll play the Rangers on Friday night, with the winner advancing to the best-of-five division series against the Yankees. "I've got to tip my hat to them, and what is really kind of amazing is that you look over there with what they've been able to do this year, win 90 games, and that tells you what a fine line there is in all those extra-inning games and one-run losses, and we could be in the same position they are."
Longoria's hat trick a sign of what could have been
Evan Longoria's three-homer performance in this year's season finale may not have meant as much from a team perspective, as the Rays had been eliminated from playoff contention on Monday, but it might have been equally impressive on a personal level.