Cen­ter stage: A’s, Rays bat­tle it out

The Morning Call - - MLB -

The Ath­let­ics hosted the Rays in the one-game AL wild-card play­off Wed­nes­day night in Oak­land, Calif. The A’s, sec­ond in the AL West to the Astros, were 52-29 on their home turf. The Rays, who fin­ished be­hind the Yankees in the AL East, were 48-33 on the road. Just more than a year af­ter shoul­der surgery, left-han­der Sean Manaea got the call to start for the A’s. Manaea went 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA since re­turn­ing Sept. 1. The Rays went with right-han­der Char­lie Mor­ton, who was 16-6 with a 3.05 ERA dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son.

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