Originally posted on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 7/22/13
Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer The two best teams in the American League happen to reside in the AL East. They also happen to clash tonight in Fenway Park for the first of a four-game series. Although the Boston Red Sox (60-40) are 9-3 against the Tampa Bay Rays (58-41) this season, those first 12 games came at a time when the Rays were middling around the lower-half of the division. Now, the Rays are on a tear, winners of 17 of their last 19 games to climb from the cellar to within 1.5 games of the first-place Red Sox. I know it's been over a year, but Red Sox fans be prepared: This is the beginning of a pennant race. Forgive Boston if it’s a little sluggish tonight, as it comes into this series on the heels of a four-hour, 46-minute, 11-inning 8-7 walk-off victory over the Yankees. The win was thanks to a couple of monster home runs by Mike Napoli, the second of which was a solo shot to center that sent Fenway Park into a frenzy. Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman gets his sec...
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