Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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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.