Don't Let the Tampa Bay Rays Fool You

Amanda BrunoCorrespondent ISeptember 10, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 17:  Jorge Cantu #3 of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays is unable to reach a misthrown ball from teammate Alex Gonzalez as David Ortiz #34 of the Boston Red Sox slides in safely to second base on April 17, 2005 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Baltimore Orioles are dead and gone from Beantown and, but now there's a larger task to complete for the next three days.

The Tampa Bay Rays are coming to town for the last time this season, which makes everyone in Red Sox Nation extremely overjoyed.

Now nine and a half games back in the American League Wild Card race, the Rays are the least of Boston's worries to fight off for a playoff spot, but they still need to grab those wins to stay ahead of the Texas Rangers who are very much afloat.

The Rays have died off tremendously since the Red Sox took two of out three on Sept. 3. Since then the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees swept them and they've dropped their last eight. It's easy to say the Rays are hungry for a win.

This series is still huge. Tampa Bay wants to do everything in its power to mess up Boston's chances in the Wild Card race and just because they have been playing poorly doesn't mean it's an easy sweep.

Texas has a three-game set against the Seattle Mariners who are tied with Tampa Bay in the Wild Card.

It's pretty much all about whoever wins and loses on what days so every "W" counts. Boston and Texas are done playing each other for the season.

There are only 23 games remaining and it might just come down until the final two.

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