I've often said it's important that we as sportswriters be held accountable for what we write. We ask players and managers to be accountable for their performance.
With the Yankees American League East lead now at 1 12 games after the Orioles split doubleheader, the Rays also picked up a half-game in the wild-card race, as the As lost.
In this age of deflated power numbers and de-emphasized baserunning, it's no small feat when a major leaguer pulls off a 20-20 combo in a single season: 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases.
Not so many days ago, the Rays were six games out of the last wild-card spot. Now, with nine games left, they are 3 12 behind the As and on a five-game winning streak.