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Scott accepts decision to be left off roster

Scott accepts decision to be left off roster

Scott accepts decision to be left off roster

CLEVELAND -- Rays manager Joe Maddon called the decision to not include Luke Scott on the American League Wild Card Game roster the toughest decision they had to make.

Scott, who has played little down the stretch, allowed that he wasn't surprised.

"It is what it is, man," Scott said. "I haven't played much the last 7 1/2 weeks. You know when the writing's on the wall. But I'll come here and get my work in, do the best I can no matter what, and cheer my teammates on. Celebrate for them, lift them up and try to help them out. Do the best I can. ... It's difficult, but you have to make the most of it."

Scott did not show any emotion about the decision and fielded questions with grace.

"I understand this game," Scott said. "I understand the business and how it's run. ... Hopefully we win and go on to the next level and I'll just keep going out there and cheering my teammates on, and hopefully we do the best we can."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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