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Tampa Bay will face Boston in the first game of the ALDS

October 7, 2021 GMT

Boston Red Sox (92-70, second in the AL East) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (100-62, first in the AL East)

St. Petersburg, Florida; Thursday, 8:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, 4.74 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 185 strikeouts) Rays: Shane McClanahan (0-0, 3.36 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 141 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rays -161, Red Sox +140; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Shane McClanahan and Tampa Bay will play Boston in Game 1 of the ALDS.

The Rays were 52-29 on their home turf in 2021.

The Red Sox went 43-38 in road games in 2021. Boston has a team slugging percentage of .536 this postseason, Alex Verdugo leads them with a mark of .750 in 4 at-bats.

TOP PERFORMERS: Brandon Lowe leads the Rays with 39 home runs and is batting .247.

Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 77 extra base hits and is batting .281.

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LAST 10 GAMES: Rays: 7-3, .274 batting average, 1.95 ERA, outscored opponents by 34 runs

Red Sox: 5-5, .255 batting average, 4.40 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs

INJURIES: Rays: Ryan Thompson: (shoulder), Jeffrey Springs: (knee), Chaz Roe: (shoulder), Cody Reed: (thumb), Colin Poche: (elbow), DJ Johnson: (shoulder), Tyler Glasnow: (elbow), Oliver Drake: (forearm), Adam Conley: (covid-19), Yonny Chirinos: (elbow), Jalen Beeks: (elbow), Chris Archer: (hip), Nick Anderson: (back).

Red Sox: Phillips Valdez: (covid-19), Danny Santana: (covid-19).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.