The Rays won 5-2 in that tiebreaker game to avenge ALDS losses to the Rangers in 2010 and 2011, as ace David Price, who came into the game with a 1-7 record against the Rangers, threw a gutsy seven-hitter and Evan Longoria hit a two-run home run that gave him a major league record seven home runs on the last days of regular seasons.
Not making a big deal out of a blown call that cost his team a run in the top of the seventh because he wanted the Rays to stay focused on the task at hand justified Maddon’s optimism.
Ever the optimist, Maddon looked beyond the wild card game in Cleveland on Wednesday.
“I packed for Boston,” he said.
Source: Steve Wolf, ESPN