Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Keys to Each Team Winning ALDS Game 3

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Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays: Keys to Each Team Winning ALDS Game 3
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David Ortiz carried the Red Sox to victory with a pair of home runs in Game 2 of the series.

The Tampa Bay Rays head home to Tropicana Field for Game 3 of the ALDS gasping for life as the Boston Red Sox try to complete a series sweep. Monday's victory will most likely go to the team that recognizes the following keys and adjusts its game plan accordingly.

Changes in venue and probable starters account for the differences between these make-or-break factors and those that we emphasized prior to Game 1 and Game 2.

However, as is the case for every playoff matchup, responsibilities lie with the competing pitching staffs, position players and managers. May the advantage go to whoever reads more Bleacher Report prior to the first pitch at 6 p.m. ET!

 

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

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