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Rays have no choice but to let the kids play, maybe even into October

By Marc Topkin,

Rays infielder Curtis Mead, facing front, celebrates with teammates after he hit a solo home run during a game against the Toronto Blue Jays Friday at Tropicana Field. [ JEFFEREE WOO | Times ]

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BOSTON — Rays infielder Isaac Paredes was answering questions in the clubhouse after Sunday’s frustrating loss to the Blue Jays about hitting his 30th home run and closing in on 100 RBIs.

The conversation shifted, as it often does these days, to the predicament the Rays find themselves in heading toward the playoffs, most likely hosting a best-of-three wild-card series starting on Tuesday.

A recent wave of injuries has further depleted a lineup and pitching staff that has been operating without key pieces for much of the season.

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