2013 ALDS: 3 Keys for Tampa Bay Rays to Win Game 1 over Boston Red Sox

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2013 ALDS: 3 Keys for Tampa Bay Rays to Win Game 1 over Boston Red Sox
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Moore is looking to add to his 2-0 record against the Red Sox in 2013

The Tampa Bay Rays are ready to take on the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS.

At the conclusion of the series, the familiar foes will have played each other at least 22 times in 2013 (not including six times in spring training). The Rays went 7-12 against the Red Sox this season, their first season series loss to Boston since 2007.

The Red Sox may own the season series, but the Rays have been making themselves at home in Fenway Park recently.

The Rays are 4-1 in their last five games at Fenway Park, including Matt Moore’s complete game shutout on July 22.

This will be the second meeting of the teams in the postseason. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 4-2 in the 2008 ALCS to advance to their only World Series.

The Rays are on a very hot streak, winning 15 of their last 20 games dating back to September 12. They are looking to continue that success in the postseason.

Winning Game 1 dramatically increases the odds of winning the series.

Here are three keys to victory for the Rays to beat the Red Sox in Game 1.

 

All statistics courtesy of baseball-reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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