The Rays ultimately lost the war of attrition to the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALDS, but they have plenty of pieces in place to be good again in 2014.
Rays backup catcher Jose Lobaton took seemingly invincible Red Sox closer Koji Uehara deep in the bottom of the ninth inning of ALDS Game 3 to extend Tampa Bay's season.
The Red Sox keep sending relentless waves of offense at Tampa Bay to take a formidable 2-0 lead in the ALDS.
Tampa Bay was uncharacteristically sloppy in its ALDS Game 1 loss to Boston, writes Jerry Crasnick.
Once the pain of falling to the Yankees in five games eases and perspective takes hold, the Orioles players can take gratification in restoring a sense of pride in Baltimore baseball.
The Orioles showed their grit by winning yet again in extra innings to force a Game 5 against the Yankees in the ALDS.
The Orioles were two outs from a series lead until Raul Ibanez showed up late in Game 3. Now they're fighting for their playoff lives.
Brian Matusz, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day came up huge in Orioles win in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Game 5. In the Bronx. Against a franchise with 27 titles. The Tigers survived it all, edging the Yankees 3-2 to advance to the ALCS.
Doug Fister and Delmon Young weren't part of the Tigers' roster when the season began, but both will play key roles in Game 5 versus the Yankees and help decide whether Detroit's year continues.
The Yankees hadn't planned on having A.J. Burnett start a game in this ALDS, but there he was in a win-or-go-home Game 4 and he delivered to save New York's season.
Justin Verlander didn't have his no-hit stuff, but the Tigers' ace did what aces do -- grinded out eight innings and got a win when his team needed him.
Miguel Cabrera has had his issues, but one place he's never struggled is in the batter's box, and that was clear again in Game 2 of the ALDS as the Tigers beat the Yankees in the Bronx.
The Tigers-Yankees ALDS was supposed to largely be about aces Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia. Now it's not, so say hello to a few others, starting with Game 1 winner Ivan Nova.
Rain didn't just force the Tigers and Yankees to suspend Game 1 of their ALDS, but it also cost them their aces, Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia.
Cliff Lee elevated the Rangers to a new place, not just by leading them to their first playoff series win, but simply by arriving in Texas.