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WORLD SERIES: Pencil in Rays After 4-2 Win Against Astros

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched the American League pennant with a 4-2 victory over the Astros in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series on Saturday night.

Now they advance to the World Series for the second time in franchise history.

“I’m at a loss for words,” said Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the longest-tenured player on the team. “It was just one of those things where you just wanted to see us piece it all together and finally take that big leap and know that we can beat any team in baseball. Now we’ve done that.”

Now, all eyes shift to Game 7 of the National League Championship Series between the Braves and Dodgers on Sunday night at Globe Life Field, with the winner advancing to face the Rays in Arlington.

Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena was the ALCS Most Valuable Player, the first rookie position player in MLB history to win an LCS or World Series MVP Award.

The only previous three players to win one were all pitchers — Mike Boddicker (1983 ALCS MVP), Livan Hernández (’97 NLCS and World Series MVP) and Michael Wacha (2013 NLCS MVP).

“It’s a pretty special feeling,” said Rays manager Kevin Cash of the win. “I don’t know if I’ve had many better, other than getting married and having three kids. This is right there below that. It can’t get much better than that. This is a special group to be a part of. It’s fun to see them win games and just to be a part of it.”

World Series Game 1 is Tues. at 8 p.m. ET on FOX

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