Shane McClanahan posted five scoreless innings, while playoff Randy Arozarena arrived in spades on Thursday, as the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Boston Red Sox in the first game of the 2021 ALDS, 5-0.
After a four-day respite following a regular-season capping series win against the Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays are set to start the best of five American League Division Series against the Red Sox on Thursday, at the Trop.
After blanking the Miami Marlins on Friday, 8-0, the Tampa Bay Rays can clinch the division on Saturday with a win and a Red Sox loss for the second consecutive day at Fenway.
After clinching their third consecutive postseason berth on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Rays open one last regular-season home series of the 2021 campaign, a three-game set against the Marlins of Miami.
After dropping the third game of a four-game set against the Tigers on Saturday, 4-3, in front of almost 23,000 loud fans, the Tampa Bay Rays look to take the series this afternoon at the Trop.