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Game 162 hero Dan Johnson left off Rays’ postseason roster

Sep 30, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg Reuters

Dan Johnson‘s game-tying homer Wednesday saved the Rays’ season, but it didn’t land him a spot on the playoff roster.

Instead the Rays opted to keep three catchers and utility man Elliot Johnson over Dan Johnson and Justin Ruggiano.

Jeff Niemann is also absent from the playoff roster despite going 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts and the Rays chose J.P. Howell over Cesar Ramos as a left-hander for the bullpen.

Tampa Bay also announced that Wade Davis, who started 29 games and logged 184 innings, will work out of the bullpen. Matt Moore, who’s been in the majors for two weeks, will start Game 1 against Texas.

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    A better Rays team with home field advantage lost the ALDS to the Rangers last year. Which probably means the Rays will win the series this year. Maybe it was all Cliff Lee for the Rangers?

  2. Panda Claus - Sep 30, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Johnson already fulfilled his role by hitting that HR. There was nowhere to go but down after that. If the Rays win the whole thing Johnson deserves a full share based on that one at-bat.

  3. dailyrev - Sep 30, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    whoops, there goes the karma — Rays will be human again after all. I wouldn’t be even mildly surprised to see an I-10 WS (Snakes v. Rangers). The TV people wouldn’t like it, but as we’ve seen this week, the game has its own way of generating attention without much media help.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Sep 30, 2011 at 3:04 PM

      No way the Diamondbacks go that far. For some they’re a great feel-good story, but that team won’t trump the other NL teams.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    These are probably mostly based on matchups. Maybe Johnson will be back if the Rays make it to the next round. With 3 lefty starters plus lefties in the bullpen, where would Johnson hit against Texas?

    Niemann got rocked by Texas twice this month.

    Davis is a nice 5th starter, but you don’t need those in the playoffs. (Why AJ and Hughes, Joe Girardi? Why?)

  5. raysfan1 - Sep 30, 2011 at 8:36 PM

    Through game 161, Johnson was hitting a robust .108. Despite the heroics in the 9th inning of game 162, why would anyone expect him to be on the postseason roster?

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