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Tampa Bay Rays Rock The Texas Rangers 9-0

The Tampa Bay Rays started off the playoffs in style with an impressive 9-0 win in Game One of the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers.

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The Tampa Bay Rays were not even supposed to be in the playoffs this season.  It took the biggest collapse in Major League history by the Boston Red Sox for the Rays to even make it to the postseason.  The Red Sox went 7-20 in the month of September.  Boston had a nine-game lead over the Rays in September only to watch it completely disappear.

The Rays made the most of their postseason opportunity on Friday night with a 9-0 win over the Texas Rangers.  Young phenom pitcher Matt Moore pitched seven strong innings for the Rays.  The rookie hurler didn’t allow a run while striking out six and only allowing two hits and two walks.

Rangers starter C.J. Wilson had a rough outing.  The lefty game up eight runs (six earned) on seven hits in only five innings of work.  Wilson also gave up three home runs.  Johnny Damon hit a two-run shot off of Wilson in the second inning.  Catcher Kelly Shoppach hit two home runs.  He hit a three-run shot in the third and a two-run shot in the fifth.  Game 2 is Saturday night at 7:00pm.

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