2013 American League Wild Card Game

The 2013 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays (the latter winners of a one-game tie-breaker against the Texas Rangers).[1] It was held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 2, 2013. The Rays won by a 4–0 score and advanced to the AL Division Series to face the Boston Red Sox, who went on to become the World Series champion of that year.[2][3][4][5] The game was televised on TBS.

2013 American League Wild Card Game
Wildcard2013logo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 0
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
DateOctober 2, 2013
VenueProgressive Field
CityCleveland, Ohio
Managers
UmpiresGerry Davis (crew chief), Ted Barrett, Mike Everitt, Greg Gibson, Phil Cuzzi, Brian Knight
Attendance43,579
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Joe Simpson, John Smoltz, and Rachel Nichols
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

The game

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 0
Cleveland Indians 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
WP: Alex Cobb (1-0)   LP: Danny Salazar (0-1)
Home runs:
TB: Delmon Young (1)
CLE: None

Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb recorded 6 2/3 shutout innings and five strikeouts and three relievers pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings. Delmon Young led off the top of the third inning with a home run and Desmond Jennings hit a two-run double in the fourth off of Danny Salazar. Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the ninth off of Joe Smith, the run charged to Cody Allen. Rays manager Joe Maddon and Indians manager Terry Francona would meet each other again three years later in the 2016 World Series, with Maddon, as manager of the Chicago Cubs, winning 4-3.

References

  1. ^ "Game Preview". Baseball Reference. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Rays-Indians Preview". ESPN. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  3. ^ "Alex Cobb guides Rays past Indians, into ALDS vs. Red Sox". ESPN. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  4. ^ Chastain, Bill (October 2, 2013). "Famous Rays deliver, topping Tribe in Wild Card". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  5. ^ "Still Playing on Road, the Rays Send Another Team Home for Good". New York Times. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.

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2013 Boston Red Sox season

The 2013 Boston Red Sox season was the 113th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Under new manager John Farrell, the Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. In the postseason, the Red Sox first defeated the AL wild card Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. In the ALCS, the Red Sox defeated the American League Central champion Detroit Tigers in six games. Advancing to the World Series, the Red Sox defeated the National League champion St. Louis Cardinals in six games, to capture the franchise's eighth championship overall and third in ten years. The Red Sox became the second team to win the World Series the season after finishing last in their division; the first had been the 1991 Minnesota Twins. Amazing postseasons offensively from David Ortiz and Jacoby Ellsbury helped lead the way along with great pitching from Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy.

2013 Cleveland Indians season

The 2013 Cleveland Indians season was the 113th season for the franchise. The team, managed by Terry Francona, began their season on April 2. They advanced to the post-season and lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 American League Wild Card Game.

2013 Tampa Bay Rays season

The Tampa Bay Rays' 2013 season was the Rays' 16th season of Major League Baseball and the sixth as the "Rays" (all at Tropicana Field). The Rays hoped to improve upon their 90–72 record and third-place finish from 2012. After 162 games, the Rays had a 91–71 record, but fell into a tie with the Texas Rangers for the last remaining wild card berth. The Rays won in a tie-breaker game on September 30 and then beat the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 American League Wild Card Game on October 2. They advanced to play the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 American League Division Series, but lost the series in four games.

2016 World Series

The 2016 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2016 season. The 112th edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Chicago Cubs and the American League (AL) champion Cleveland Indians, the first meeting of those franchises in postseason history. The series was played between October 25 and November 2 (although Game 7 ended slightly after 12:00 am local time on November 3). The Indians had home-field advantage because the AL had won the 2016 All-Star Game. This was the final World Series to have home-field advantage determined by the All-Star Game results; since 2017, home-field advantage has been awarded to the team with the better record.

The Cubs defeated the Indians 4 games to 3 to win their first World Series since 1908. Game 7, an 8–7 victory in 10 innings, marked the fifth time that a Game 7 had gone into extra innings and the first since 1997 (which, coincidentally, the Indians also lost). It was also the first Game 7 to have a rain delay, which occurred as the tenth inning was about to start. The Cubs became the sixth team to come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-seven World Series, following the 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates, the 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers, the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

The Cubs, playing in their eleventh World Series and their first since 1945, won their third championship and first since 1908, ending the longest world championship drought in North American professional sports history. It was the Indians' sixth appearance in the World Series and their first since 1997, with their last Series win having come in 1948. The two teams entered their matchup as the two franchises with the longest World Series title droughts, a combined 174 years without a championship. Cleveland manager Terry Francona, who had previously won World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, fell short in his bid to become the third manager to win his first three trips to the Fall Classic, after Casey Stengel and Joe Torre.

Brian Knight

Brian Michael Knight (born October 2, 1974) is an American professional baseball umpire. He has worked as a full-time Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire since 2011. He wears uniform number 91.

Danny Salazar

Daniel Dariel Salazar (born January 11, 1990) is a Dominican professional baseball starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Joel Peralta

Joel Peralta Gutiérrez (; Spanish pronunciation: [xoˈel peˈɾalta]; born March 23, 1976) is a Dominican former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, Colorado Rockies, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs.

Kevin Kiermaier

Kevin James Kiermaier (; born April 22, 1990) is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on September 30, 2013 – also game 163 of the regular season, and a wild-card tiebreaker game.

Kiermaier was part of amateur championship teams at both the high and college levels. His high school won a state championship in Indiana, and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship at Parkland College, where he was twice named an NJCAA All-American. Kiermaier has gained attention for his overall outfield defense, strong throwing arm, and prowess for frequently robbing home runs. As a result, he has won consecutive Rawlings Gold Glove Awards for center fielders in 2015 and 2016.

Texas Rangers (baseball)

The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the American League (AL) West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlington. The team's name is borrowed from the famous law enforcement agency of the same name.

The franchise was established in 1961 as the Washington Senators, an expansion team awarded to Washington, D.C., after the city's first AL ballclub, the second Washington Senators, moved to Minnesota and became the Twins (the original Washington Senators played primarily in the National League during the 1890s). After the 1971 season, the new Senators moved to Arlington, and debuted as the Rangers the following spring.

The Texas Rangers Baseball Club has made eight appearances in the MLB postseason, seven following division championships in 1996, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, 2015, and 2016 and as a wild card team in 2012. In 2010, the Rangers advanced past the Division Series for the first time, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays. Texas then brought home their first American League pennant after beating the New York Yankees in six games. In the 2010 World Series, the franchise's first, the Rangers fell to the San Francisco Giants in five games. They repeated as American League champions the following year, then lost the 2011 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

In 2018, the Rangers partnered with the KBO League's LG Twins, in business and baseball operations.In 2020, the Rangers will move from Globe Life Park to the new Globe Life Field.

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