Rays Bring Own Confetti, Celebrate Clinching AL East

The Tampa Bay Rays won the AL East for the first time in 10 years and their 3rd division title in their history. The Rays defeated the New York Mets 8-5 Wednesday behind 3 RBIs each from Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings from starter Tyler Glasnow.

After the final out, the Rays celebrated in style.

Tampa entered the season with the 28th largest (or smallest) opening day payroll at $28,290,689. Who was number 1 you ask? Why of course it was the New York Yankees at $109,501,599.

Despite the low payroll, the Rays also have the 2nd best record in baseball. The Dodgers, who started the season with the 2nd highest payroll ($105,744,857) already clinched the best record.

**Payroll information via Spotrac.com**

If there was only one negative from Wednesday night, it was that there wasn't any champagne to spray around. Said Kevin Kiermaier, "I'm completely dry right now, which I'm not a huge fan of. But you have to adapt to what we're asked of.'' (Via ESPN)

The next thing for the Rays to do is clinch the No. 1 seed in the AL.


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