Despite playing much of the season without their star third baseman Evan Longoria, the Rays managed to win 90 games for the fourth time in five years, and only missed the playoffs by three games. They were able to overcome a mostly lackluster offense by leaning on their tremendous pitching staff that produced the AL Cy Young award winner in David Price, and a record-setting reliever in Fernando Rodney. The team continues to find success in their winning formula of developing players from within their system and acquiring players undervalued on the market to plug into their lineup. The AL East will again be loaded in 2013, but the Rays still hold one of the best pitching staffs in the league to go along with some new offensive pieces that will keep them in the thick of the playoff race.
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