The Rays Tank: Playoffs Return to Tropicana

Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss! - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Today: Game 3 of the ALDS. Boston Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays.Clay Buchholz vs Alex Cobb. 6:07 PM ET.

There will be playoff baseball today at Tropicana Field, but only about 10,000 fans will be there to see it, right? Not quite. Today’s ALDS game 3 between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays is sold out, and has been since Friday afternoon, shortly after the tickets went on sale. For a schedule of activities today, refer to the Rays tweet below:

Alex Cobb will take the mound today for the Rays, looking to keep the season alive for Tampa Bay. Per the Rays pregame notes, today will be the 13th time in MLB history that a pitcher has made a postseason start on his birthday. Evan Longoria also celebrates his birthday today. Ian previewed Red Sox starting pitcher, Clay Buchholz, yesterday here.

The Wil To Win:

Links:

-David Laurila of FanGraphs previews game 3 of the ALDS and examines postseason swing rates.

-Richard Justice of MLB.com sat down with Matt Silverman recently to discuss the Rays front office, the success of the organization, and of course, a little bit about attendance.

-Michael Clair of Sports on Earth compares the Rays to Walter White, and looks into what may have been David Price’s last start for the Rays.

-Speaking of Price, he issued an apology yesterday via twitter for him post-game tweets on Saturday and Maddon also gave his thoughts on the issue.

One last thing, if you’re at today’s game, lets make sure to give Will Middlebrooks a warm welcome back to his favorite place.

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