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Playoff spot clinched
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Rays 7, Twins 2
Joe Maddon and Carlos Pena celebrate after Saturday's win. (Steve Nesius/AP)
The Rays made history with their win over the Twins, clinching Tampa Bay's first playoff berth in club history in front of fans at Tropicana Field. Carlos Pena, Fernando Perez and Cliff Floyd fueled the offense, and Scott Kazmir shut out Minnesota through six innings on five hits.
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Series at a glance:
MIN
Minnesota (83-72)
Lost 2
Tampa Bay 7, Minnesota 2   TB
Tampa Bay (92-61)
Won 2
September 20, 2008
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Minnesota
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2   2 7 0
Tampa Bay
0 0 2 0 3 1 1 0 X   7 11 2
Standings thru 9/20/08  |  Recap: MIN | TB  |  Gameday  |  Twins stats  |  Rays stats
Minnesota AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 2 .300
Casilla, A, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 .293
Mauer, C 5 0 2 0 0 0 2 .329
Morneau, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 3 .310
Cuddyer, DH 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .250
Young, D, LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 5 .289
Harris, B, 3B 3 1 0 0 1 1 4 .261
Punto, SS 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .283
Gomez, C, CF 3 1 1 0 1 1 0 .255
Totals 33 2 7 2 5 8 22  

BATTING
2B: Morneau (46, Kazmir).
TB: Gomez, C; Morneau 2; Span; Mauer 2; Casilla, A; Young, D.
RBI: Span (42), Casilla, A (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Punto; Harris, B; Cuddyer; Span; Young, D; Mauer.
GIDP: Morneau.
Team RISP: 1-for-11.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (Punto-Casilla, A-Morneau).

 
Tampa Bay AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Iwamura, 2B 4 1 1 0 1 1 0 .276
Bartlett, SS 4 1 1 0 0 1 2 .280
Pena, C, 1B 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 .249
Longoria, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 1 .281
Floyd, C, DH 3 1 2 1 1 0 0 .280
Navarro, D, C 4 0 3 1 0 0 0 .292
Gross, RF 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .249
  a-Baldelli, PH-RF 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 .258
Hinske, LF 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 .245
  b-Upton, B, PH-CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .273
Perez, F, CF-LF 4 1 1 1 0 2 3 .244
Totals 33 7 11 7 4 7 14  

a-Walked for Gross in the 5th. b-Grounded into a double play for Hinske in the 5th.

BATTING
2B: Pena, C (23, Slowey), Navarro, D (25, Slowey), Bartlett (22, Slowey), Longoria (30, Slowey).
HR: Perez, F (3, 6th inning off Reyes, De, 0 on, 0 out), Floyd, C (11, 7th inning off Guerrier, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Bartlett 2; Longoria 2; Floyd, C 5; Pena, C 2; Navarro, D 4; Hinske; Perez, F 4; Iwamura.
RBI: Pena, C 2 (98), Longoria (82), Navarro, D (50), Baldelli (10), Perez, F (6), Floyd, C (38).
2-out RBI: Pena, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Longoria; Perez, F 2.
GIDP: Upton, B.
Team RISP: 3-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
CS: Iwamura (6, 2nd base by Slowey/Mauer).

FIELDING
E: Bartlett (16, throw), Baldelli (1, throw).
Outfield assists: Perez, F (Morneau at 3rd base).
DP: 2 (Perez, F-Pena, C-Bartlett, Bartlett-Iwamura-Pena, C).

 
Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Slowey (L, 12-11) 4.1 9 5 5 3 3 0 3.85
Reyes, De 1.2 1 1 1 1 3 1 2.40
Guerrier 2.0 1 1 1 0 1 1 4.89
 
Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kazmir (W, 12-7) 6.0 5 0 0 1 5 0 3.36
Balfour 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.49
Howell 1.0 0 0 0 2 1 0 2.29
Percival 0.1 1 2 0 1 0 0 4.85
Miller, T 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.54

IBB: Floyd, C (by Slowey).
HBP: Cuddyer (by Kazmir).
Pitches-strikes: Slowey 103-66, Reyes, De 24-12, Guerrier 23-14, Kazmir 93-59, Balfour 23-12, Howell 25-11, Percival 18-8, Miller, T 7-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Slowey 3-2, Reyes, De 1-0, Guerrier 3-1, Kazmir 4-3, Balfour 0-0, Howell 1-1, Percival 1-0, Miller, T 1-0.
Batters faced: Slowey 24, Reyes, De 6, Guerrier 7, Kazmir 23, Balfour 5, Howell 5, Percival 4, Miller, T 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Reyes, De 3-1, Miller, T 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike DiMuro. 1B: Gerry Davis. 2B: Larry Vanover. 3B: Mike Everitt.
Weather: 72 degrees, dome.
Wind: Indoors.
T: 3:26.
Att: 36,048.
Venue: Tropicana Field.
September 20, 2008
September 20, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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