2013 American League Wild Card Game

The 2013 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2013 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Cleveland Indians and the Tampa Bay Rays (the latter winners of a one-game tie-breaker against the Texas Rangers).[2] It was held at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, on October 2, 2013. The Rays won by a 4–0 score and advanced to the AL Division Series to face the Boston Red Sox, who went on to become the World Series champion of that year.[3][4][5][6] The game was televised on TBS.

2013 American League Wild Card Game
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DateOctober 2, 2013
VenueProgressive Field
CityCleveland, Ohio
UmpiresGerry Davis (crew chief), Ted Barrett, Mike Everitt, Greg Gibson, Phil Cuzzi, Brian Knight
Ceremonial first pitchAndre Thornton[1]
TV announcersBrian Anderson, Joe Simpson, John Smoltz, and Rachel Nichols
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton

Game results

Line score

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 8:07 pm (EDT) at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio, 69 °F (21 °C), clear
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WP: Alex Cobb (1–0)   LP: Danny Salazar (0–1)
Home runs:
TB: Delmon Young (1)
CLE: None
Attendance: 43,579

Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb recorded 6+23 shutout innings and five strikeouts and three relievers pitched 2+13 shutout innings. Delmon Young led off the top of the third inning with a home run and Desmond Jennings hit a two-run double in the fourth off of Danny Salazar. Yunel Escobar had an RBI single in the ninth off of Joe Smith, the run charged to Cody Allen. Rays manager Joe Maddon and Indians manager Terry Francona would meet each other again three years later in the 2016 World Series, with Maddon, as manager of the Chicago Cubs, winning 4–3. The Indians also became the first team in MLB history to be eliminated from the postseason without scoring a run.


  1. "Notes". The Baltimore Sun. October 3, 2013. pp. D4.
  2. "Game Preview". Baseball Reference. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  3. "Rays-Indians Preview". ESPN. October 2, 2013. Archived from the original on July 6, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2013.
  4. "Alex Cobb guides Rays past Indians, into ALDS vs. Red Sox". ESPN. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  5. Chastain, Bill (October 2, 2013). "Famous Rays deliver, topping Tribe in Wild Card". MLB.com. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  6. "Still Playing on Road, the Rays Send Another Team Home for Good". New York Times. October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
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