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A praying mantis showed up in the Yankees dugout, so the players built him a habitat

When a team is leading the American League Wild Card race -- like the Yankees currently are -- that means they've won a lot of games through hard work, dedication and ability. But even the best teams sometimes need some outside inspiration.

During Monday night's 5-1 win against the Rays at Citi Field, the Yankees received an unexpected visit in the dugout from a praying mantis.

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Luckily for this mantis, Luis Severino formed an impromptu welcoming committee and set him up with a nice habitat with a paper cup, sunflower seeds and a baseball. In return for their kind treatment, the mantis' presence inspired the Yankees to victory over their division rival.