BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Red Sox didn't mind waiting a few days to start the playoffs.
Not after missing them for the past three seasons, or after the September collapse that ruined their chances in 2011. And certainly not after they stumbled to the club's worst record in 48 years in 2012.
On Friday, they play their first postseason game since 2009 when they meet the Tampa Bay Rays in the opener of the best-of-five AL division series. Two left-handers are scheduled to pitch with Matt Moore going for the Rays against Jon Lester.
The Rays advanced to the ALDS with a 4-0 win over Cleveland in the AL wild-card game Wednesday night. Tampa Bay got that far by beating Texas on Monday in a tiebreaker for the second wild-card spot.
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