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Rays will open playoffs Thursday

Posted Sep 27, 2008 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Sep 27, 2008 at 02:25 AM

DETROIT—The first playoff game in Rays history will be played Thursday at Tropicana Field.

The Angels clinched the best record in baseball with the Rays’ loss Friday, giving them the choice of whether to open their Division Series against the Red Sox on Wednesday or Thursday. They went for the first day, giving them an extra day off before Game 2. That means the Rays will face either the Twins or White Sox at the Trop on Thursday and Friday before heading out on the road for Games 3 and 4.

Start times are still to be determined and will be announced in the coming days once all the playoff spots are finalized.

The Thursday start means the Rays will need to use four starting pitchers for the Division Series. The Rays haven’t revealed how they’ll lineup their starters yet, but you can expect them to take it easy with Matt Garza on Saturday and limit James Shields to only a couple of innings Sunday.

Reader Comments

Por (Deb Crandon) on September 27, 2008 (Suggest removal)

CONGRATULATIONS TAMPA BAY RAYS!!!!! We have to give a big THANK YOU to the BOSTON RED SOX for loosing Friday night. You helped us win the division. RAYS KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL AND THE PRIZE AT THE END OF THE ROAD. It’s all up to you, now. Get with the game and play like you were playing.

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Por (Ron Caldwell) on September 27, 2008 (Suggest removal)

Congrats to the Rays!  It’s about time somebody broke the Yankee-Red Sox stranglehold on the AL East and it couldn’t happen to a better team!! You folks down in Tampa have a great team!

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Por (Kathy Warren) on September 27, 2008 (Suggest removal)

YOU HAVE PROVEN TO THE BASEBALL WORLD YOU DESERVE TO BE RIGHT WHERE YOU’RE AT 1ST PLACE. I AM EXTREMELY PROUD OF THIS “MAGICAL” TEAM. WHEN I WATCH YOU PLAY, THE ENERGY EACH OF YOU EXUDE IS INCREDIBLE. YOU ARE ONE TEAM!! ONE DYNAMIC” MOHAWKED” TEAM
ALL THE WAY.. RAYS.. ALL THE WAY!!

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