Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox: Keys to Each Team Winning ALDS Game 1

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Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox: Keys to Each Team Winning ALDS Game 1
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The American League Division Series gets underway on Friday afternoon, as the Boston Red Sox host the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1.

These two AL East foes know one another intimately from years of intra-division battles and plan to exploit that information en route to winning their series opener.

Considering the probable starting pitching matchup, as well as these teams' lineups and managerial styles, we'll identify which specific keys should determine the outcome.

The showdown at Fenway Park is scheduled to begin at 3:07 p.m. ET and can be seen on TBS.com, along with all of the action live throughout the MLB postseason.

 

*Stats provided by FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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