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TORONTO -- In a year full of disappointment, the Toronto Blue Jays were left to focus on small victories as they closed out a regular season with games that became rather meaningless several weeks ago. Lavonte David Womens Jersey . They were resigned to the role of spoiler and nearly put a significant dent in Tampa Bays post-season hopes on Sunday, with a furious comeback attempt coming just short as the Rays held on for a 7-6 victory. Tampa Bay locked up a tiebreaker game appearance with the win. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, were packing their lockers after a last-place finish in the American League East. The Rays jumped out to an early six-run lead but the Blue Jays would not give in. Toronto manager John Gibbons was impressed that his team refused to quit. "The guys hung in there and we made a run late, they had a shot," he said. "So Im pretty proud of them for that." At the start of the day, Tampa Bay (91-71) and the Texas Rangers were one game behind the Cleveland Indians in the race for the two wild-card spots. Cleveland defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-1 to win the first wild card and Texas beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2. The Rays will play the Rangers in a tiebreaker game Monday afternoon. Toronto (74-88) finished last in the A.L. East division and fell to 40-41 on the year at Rogers Centre. It was the first season since 2004 that Toronto had a sub-.500 record at home. Expectations were high for the Blue Jays in 2013 after an off-season makeover. Injuries and underperformance prevented them from making strides and they barely improved on last seasons 73-89 record. "It was difficult, the last two years actually," said Toronto reliever Darren Oliver, who plans to retire. "But thats why you play this game on the field, not on paper. Hopefully these guys can get it right one of these days because I think the fans are really hungry for a winning team. I mean I know if I was a fan, I would be." The Blue Jays have not been to the playoffs since winning the World Series in 1993. "I always look at it any time youre packing your stuff up and not playing in a post-season, its a wasted year. For me personally, obviously not for the organization," said designated hitter Mark DeRosa. "A lot of good things happened for some young guys. "But overall the ultimate goal was to win the A.L. East and find a way into the playoffs and we didnt accomplish it so I would say its a disappointment." Blue Jays starter Todd Redmond (4-3) struck out David DeJesus to open the game before running into trouble. The Rays put six runs on the board in the inning. Redmond recorded just two outs in the shortest start of his career. Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (17-4) struggled with his command in the first inning. He walked three batters but escaped unscathed by striking out DeRosa with two runners on base. The Blue Jays chipped away at the lead in the sixth inning. DeRosa energized the crowd of 44,551 with a two-run double and later scored on a sacrifice fly by J.P. Arencibia. Moore was pulled with one out in the frame. He allowed three earned runs, six hits, three walks and had four strikeouts. Oliver received a standing ovation when he came out in the seventh inning. The 42-year-old left-hander retired the Rays in order. In the bottom half of the frame, Jose Reyes scored on a one-out double by Brett Lawrie of Langley, B.C. Gose was held at third base and Joel Peralta relieved Jake McGee. Peralta walked Moises Sierra to load the bases, drawing a visit by Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon. Home-plate umpire Paul Schrieber came to the mound and Maddon started to argue with him and was ejected. Pinch-hitter Adam Lind then grounded into an inning-ending double play. Maddon wouldnt reveal whether he was upset about ball and strike calls, only saying "I had enough." He did say he gave a message to his infielders. "I said, Listen. Thats it. Im out of this game, I know you guys are going to be fine. Im going to catch the rest of this game with a glass of wine in my hand and were going to win it." Tampa Bay very nearly lost it. The Blue Jays made it a one-run game in the eighth inning. Reyes drove in Ryan Langerhans with a single off Fernando Rodney and Gose followed with an RBI single of his own that scored Kevin Pillar. Lawrie drew a two-out walk to load the bases but Moises Sierra followed with a strikeout. The Blue Jays put a runner on in the ninth but Rodney got Ryan Goins on a lineout to end the game. It was Rodneys 37th save of the year. Gibbons gave several relievers some work on the final game of the season. Oliver, Wagner, Luis Perez, Chad Jenkins, Jeremy Jeffress, Steve Delabar and Sergio Santos all made appearances. Now the focus will shift to general manager Alex Anthopoulos, who will likely have another busy off-season ahead. The players remained optimistic that they can bounce back in 2014. "We had a lot of people that thought we were going to win the World Series," Lawrie said. "But it takes a little bit of time to build chemistry. We had a little bit of trouble keeping some guys healthy, myself included. Reyes went down, the pitching staff went down a little bit. So you know, youve got to have your guys to make that push." Notes: The Toronto players came out of the dugout in the third inning to wave their hats in appreciation for the fans support this season. ... A video of Olivers career highlights was played on the stadium big screen in the fourth inning. Oliver came out of the bullpen and stood on the warning track to watch. ... The Blue Jays season attendance total rose to 2,536,562, an increase of 436,899 from 2012. ... The game took three hours 21 minutes to play. Mike Alstott Youth Jersey .3 seconds remaining, and No. 7 North Carolina held off a resilient No. 25 Virginia team, 54-51, on Saturday. John Henson contributed a double-double with 15 points to go with 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (25-4, 12-2 ACC), who have won five straight and 10 of 11. Jameis Winston Youth Jersey . The Maple Leafs may not have had a pick until the third round, but they have made the biggest move of the second day of the Draft, dealing defenceman Carl Gunnarsson and a fourth-round pick in the draft to the St. http://www.authenticbuccaneerspro.com/Mike-evans-buccaneers-jersey/ . The same cant be said of last Saturdays 2-2 draw at Olympic Stadium against a very weakened New York Red Bulls side and one which had three stalwarts in Henry, Cahill and Olave back home in Harrison, NJ.DENVER - Manning vs. Brady XVI is in the books and we might not have to wait until next season to see the next installment of the rivalry pitting Peyton Manning and Tom Brady (or is it Bill Belichick?)Im pretty sure well see them again, Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said in the aftermath of New Englands decisive 43-21 win in Foxborough last weekend.What Harris and his teammates hope to avoid is another trip to New England.Thats always the goal to get all these playoff games at home, Harris said. And weve still got that right in our hands.Just out of reach, actually.The Patriots (7-2) lead the Broncos (6-2) in the race for home-field advantage in the AFC, but they face a tough month that includes trips to Indianapolis, Green Bay and San Diego.There are plenty of must-see games until the playoffs roll around in January, including two big ones on Thanksgiving when the Eagles visit the Cowboys and the Seahawks play at San Francisco.Heres a look at some of the most intriguing matchups from the vantage of the seasons halfway point:Week 10CHICAGO at GREEN BAY: The 190th meeting of the NFLs most-played rivalry features Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in the midst of a stretch in which theyll have just one road game in a 48-day span. This could also be Jay Cutlers last chance to keep the disappointing Bears relevant and fend off the naysayers.Also: Cleveland at Cincinnati.Week 11NEW ENGLAND at INDIANAPOLIS: Brady vs. Luck doesnt have quite the same ring to it as Brady vs. Manning but this game features two of the top offences and two of the leagues hottest QBs. Andrew Luck and the Colts have a favvourable schedule — except for this game. Sean Bunting Youth Jersey. Also: Philadelphia at Green Bay.Week 12ARIZONA at SEATTLE: What better way for the Cardinals to show everyone theyre capable of becoming the first team to host a Super Bowl than by beating the defending champs at their place? They did it last year when they failed to make the playoffs, then spent the off-season wondering, What if...Also: Detroit at New England.Week 13NEW ENGLAND at GREEN BAY: After a trio of Thanksgiving Day games, the real feast comes Sunday in a possible Super Bowl preview pitting Rodgers and Brady at Lambeau Field. This one has the feel of a potential classic.Also: Denver at Kansas City.Week 14BUFFALO AT DENVER: Kyle Orton, playing for his fifth team, returns to Denver, where he was Wally Pipp-ed by Tim Tebow, who in turn was replaced by Peyton Manning, who made the Broncos a powerhouse again.Also: Seattle at Philadelphia, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.Week 15:SAN FRANCISCO at SEATTLE: The rematch that could serve as an elimination game rather than deciding the NFC West champion.Also: Dallas at Philadelphia.Week 16SEATTLE at ARIZONA: This rematch could determine the NFC West race and one of these teams might be back at University of Phoenix Stadium playing for higher stakes come February.Also: Denver at Cincinnati, Indianapolis at Dallas.Week 17OAKLAND at DENVER: If he keeps it up, this is the game where Manning would break Drew Brees record of 54 consecutive games with a TD pass. And will Oakland be trying to avoid 0-16?Also: Detroit at Green Bay.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ' ' '

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