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Kiermaier hit by Jays, Rays clinch berth

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Hit by a pitch two days after scooping up a Toronto scouting report and setting off a flap, Kevin Kiermaier hopes to see the Blue Jays in the playoffs.

"Oh yeah, it was intentional," Kiermaier said after reliever Ryan Borucki hit him on the back with his first pitch in the eighth inning Wednesday.

Tampa Bay's 7-1 victory clinched its third straight postseason berth. When asked why he wants to face Toronto again, Kiermaier replied: "The motivation is there. That's all that needs to be said."

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