Young, Morneau playing roles without playing

The Rays have home-field advantage in the World Series, and for that, they can thank two players not currently on their roster, writes Gene Wojciechowski.

Updated: October 23, 2008, 10:54 AM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sure, they watched Game 1 of the Mohawk World Series. Michael Young tuned in from Dallas. Justin Morneau caught the game from Scottsdale. What, you thought they'd be watching "Knight Rider?"

A Texas Ranger. A Minnesota Twin. This is how it works in commissioner Bud Selig's baseball world. Two players from two different teams, neither of whom even made the postseason, could help determine the winner of the 2008 World Series.

For something they did in Yankee ...

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