Matthew Pouliot suggests adds and drops for the next-to-last week of the season.

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How do Major League Baseball teams keep an even keel following crushing losses? It’s never easy, but despite what has been a disappointing season, the Tampa Bay Rays always seem to find a way to navigate those tricky waters. Having a level-headed manager like Joe Maddon at the helm certainly helps. As it turns out, so does having a September roster filled with rookies. Those rookies, as is baseball tradition, are at the mercy of the team’s veterans during their time in the big league clubhouse. And more often than not, their off-field assignments are designed solely for the amusement of the established players. Or, as the timing would have it on Thursday night, a pick-me-up after Alex Cobb’s near no-hitter t urned into a painful walk-off loss in the ninth inning at Yankee Stadium . Before the team even left the ballpark to begin their travels to Toronto, the current rookies plus reigning Rookie of the Year Wil Myers and pitcher Chris Archer had to fulfill their obligations for dress-up night. And the theme was a beauty, as each was forced to dress as a character from the Mario Kart video game. Tough loss, but #Rays rookie dress-up night is a tradition that can’t be broken: pic.twitter.com/mZrChjnNDr — Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) September 12, 2014 #rays Kiermaier strikes a pose on rookie dress up night. pic.twitter.com/SjfyxzwiJq — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) September 12, 2014 Some wear the costumes better than others, but it’s tough to stay down with that crew waddling around the clubhouse. Or the airport for that matter. Yes, each and every one of them was likely forced to go through customs wearing those costumes. As we saw one week ago, the Chicago Cubs also had rookie Eric Jokisch dressed up as Luigi before traveling to, you guessed it, Toronto. So it seems teams take extra joy in their rookies explaining their attire before traveling north of the border. Let that be a warning to future rookies whose teams have Toronto on their September schedule.  BLS H/N: Cut 4 More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Adam Lind ended the longest home-run drought of his career at a good time for the Toronto Blue Jays. Lind hit a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the seventh inning, Edwin Encarnacion also went deep and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3 on Saturday. Lind connected off Brad Boxberger (5-2) for his first homer since June 23 against the New York Yankees. Manager John Gibbons said Lind has ”one of the nicest, pure swings you’re going to find.” ”Against right-handers, there’s not a better hitter out there,” Gibbons said.

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TORONTO (AP) — Nathan Karns got his first major league win in his Tampa Bay debut, Ryan Hanigan homered for the first time in almost three months and the Rays beat the Blue Jays 1-0 Friday night to stop Toronto’s four-game winning streak.

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First, Chris Young took away history, then he took away a victory. Young, a member of the New York Yankees for all of two weeks now, helped deliver his new team one of its most improbable wins of the season Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rays pitcher Alex Cobb had a no-hitter going with one out in the eighth inning, until Young doubled into right field . That quickly led to the Yankees breaking into the Rays’ 4-0 lead. The next batter, Martin Prado, homered. That brought home Young and made the score 4-2. The Yankees, and specifically Young, weren’t done. In the ninth, the Yankees got two runners on base, then Young came up again. The conclusion is obvious at this point, right? Young blasted a three-run, walk-off homer of Jake McGee that made Cobb’s no-hit effort a distant memory and instead changed the narrative of the night to “Chris Young: the Mets castaway who kept the Yankees season alive.” Final score: Yankees 5, Rays 4 . Celebration: Mucho.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Young doubled with one out in the eighth inning for the New York Yankees’ first hit off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb on Thursday night.

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With each passing season, teams are employing defensive shifts more and more on a game-by-game basis, with some set ups being basic, and others going to the extreme. For example, a basic shift — at least in a world that has become accustomed to such measures — involves three infielders lined up on one side of the field. When teams shift against Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, it becomes a little more complex as the third infielder usually sets up camp in short right field. One of the more extreme versions we’ve seen came recently when the Los Angeles Dodgers brought in an outfielder as a fifth infielder, which in and of isn’t not uncommon in game-ending situations. However, the way they stacked four defenders on one side of the infield was. They ended up getting a key out from that alignment to extend the game temporarily. Now that we’re seeing these shifts used every day, league wide, and even at criticial moments in games, we’ve all probably wondered once or twice what the true success rate is. Enter, Steve Moyer of the Wall Street Journal , who during the on-going season has reviewed each defensive shift and charted the success rate for each team. The results are as follows:

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TORONTO (AP) — Drew Hutchison matched his career-high with 10 strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings, Dioner Navarro had two hits and two RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep with an 11-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

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Alejandro De Aza is fitting right in with his new team. In his fifth game with the slugging Baltimore Orioles, he hit two homers. Those shots in the first and third innings were plenty as the Orioles won for the 10th time in 13 games with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. Adam Jones added a solo homer, giving him at least 25 for the fourth straight season, as the AL East leaders increased their major league-leading total to 191 homers.

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