Can the Rays and A's tie their series up? [ALDS Game 2 Live Thread]
The night starts in Boston with Game 2 of the Rays-Red Sox (5:37, TBS). Game 1 was rough for the Rays, as every Red Sock had a hit and scored a run, the first time that has happened since 1936. They were helped by a lot of bad defense, including by all-world rookie Wil Myers. Myers and company will try to rebound against John Lackey. If you have told any Red Sox fan last year that Lackey would be starting a playoff game, they might have attacked you. However, Lackey had a great turnaround season and there's no reason at the moment to think he would struggle. The Rays best hope to tie the series may rest on its starting pitcher, David Price. On full rest after pitching Game 163, Price is of course the Tampa Bay ace, and he'll need to be against that tough Red Sox lineup. If not, the Rays will finally head back home on the edge of elimination.
The night concludes in Oakland with Game 2 of the Tigers-A's series (9:07, TBS). The A's bats (save Yoenis Cespedes) were quiet against Max Scherzer. They'll need to wake up against Justin Verlander. This isn't the all-world Verlander of the previous two seasons, so maybe, just maybe, the A's can do it. They might need more runs, as they turn to rookie Sonny Gray on the hill. Gray had a 2.67 ERA in 12 appearance (with 10 starts) with great peripherals. Gray has a lot of potential, but this is a totally different situation. He is good friends with Gerrit Cole of the Pirates though. He could tell Gray how to throw a gem in your playoff debut.
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