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It came down to a winner-take-all between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays to determine the last spot in the next round of the MLB playoffs, but the final four teams for the league championship series are officially set. Here are the stars, turning points and takeaways from Friday’s game.
What it means: That is what they call the sweetest of revenge.
Mike Brosseau, in the best 10-pitch at-bat he will ever have, sent the Tampa Bay Rays to the American League Championship Series with a dramatic go-ahead home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off Aroldis Chapman, the pitcher who had thrown at his head in a game earlier this summer, creating some simmering bad blood between the Rays and Yankees.
Brosseau’s home run goes alongside the home runs Dan Johnson and Evan Longoria hit on the final day of the 2011 regular season as the most memorable in Rays history. It came after Brosseau fell behind two strikes. Along the way, he fouled off a two-strike slider, fouled off a 99 mph fastball,