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The Rays Tank: Playoffs Return to Tropicana

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

Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss!
Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss! Myyyerrrrsss!
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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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Pregame schedule for Game 3 vs BOS tomorrow at Trop--Gates open at 3pm, player introductions at 5:45, anthem at 5:56, first pitch at 6:07:</p>&mdash; Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) <a href="">October 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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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:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Back in Tampa. Need 2 more Ws so we can ship back up to Boston and hear Myyyerrrrsss again!</p>&mdash; Wil Myers (@wilmyers) <a href="">October 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>We just went through a week of backs to the wall. Boston is lovely this time of year -- looking forward to coming back in a couple days.</p>&mdash; Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) <a href="">October 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Can&#39;t wait to see how live the Trop is tomorrow night! Almost 40 thousand people making all that noise. It&#39;ll be rocking!!</p>&mdash; Chris Archer (@ChrisArcher42) <a href="">October 6, 2013</a></blockquote>

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

-Richard Justice of 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.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just passed the trop.... Miss that place as much as chicken pox.</p>&mdash; Will Middlebrooks (@middlebrooks) <a href="">February 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

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