Rays jump to 3-0 lead in American League Wild Card Game

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Tampa Bay has increased its early lead in this American League Wild Card Game in Cleveland.

James Loney and Evan Longoria hit consecutive one-out singles in the top of the fourth inning and then Desmond Jennings — who was hobbled near the end of the regular season by a badly-strained left hamstring — punched a two-out two-run double down the left field line to score Loney from third base and Longoria all the way from the first base bag.

Alex Cobb has sufficiently out-dueled fire-balling Indians starter Danny Salazar through the first four frames and the Rays will carry a 3-0 lead into the top of the fifth inning.

Cleveland loaded the bases in the fourth but Asdrubal Cabrera hit into an inning-ending doubleplay.

That doubleplay quieted what was a pretty raucous crowd at the Indians’ Progressive Field.

World Series Umpires Announced

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Major League Baseball just announced the umpires for the World Series.

The crew chief will be Gerry Davis. Davis was worked 136 career Postseason games, which are the most of any umpire in Major League Baseball history. This is his sixth World Series overall and third time as crew chief.

Joining Davis will be Phil Cuzzi, Laz Diaz, Dan Iassogna, Bill Miller, Paul Nauert and Mark Wegner. Wegner will serve as the replay official for Games One and Two, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Cuzzi will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. Cuzzi will not be a field umpire for any of the games.

The breakdown: