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Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays

For their first winning season. It's still late August, too! An 100-win season is well within the realm of possibility. With a big bunch of games left against the Red Sox, Yankees, and Twins, I don't know if it's likely, but it's certainly possible. And to think it's been less than three years since the Rays changed course and hired GM Andrew Friedman, who spent his first two years acquiring all the talent he could find and the last year actually molding that talent into a ballclub.

The Pirates, meanwhile, have lost eight straight and now may be less than a week from clinching their 16th consecutive losing season.