Maddon’s Rays know Red Sox

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After 19 regular-season meetings, it comes down to the Red Sox and Rays in the American League Division Series.

The Rays beating the Indians Wednesday night, 4-0, at Progressive Field, has created a familiar matchup. Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore and David Price will pitch Games 1 and 2 at Fenway Park against the Red Sox’ Jon Lester and John Lackey.

“[The Red Sox] have really pitched well against us,” said Rays manager Joe Maddon in explaining his club’s 7-12 record against Boston. “We just didn’t swing the bats well, and it speaks to their pitching. They have a great starting staff and they have a tremendous bullpen.”

Maddon said he has no magic potion for turning things around other than playing their game and pitching well.

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