Red Sox-Rays a great rivalry in the making

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is tagged out by Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel...

Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks is tagged out by Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Yunel Escobar during Game 4 of their American League Divisional Series on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:07 PM ET

It is not a century old, like the fiery rivalry Boston has with the Yankees. It is new and the embers are barely glowing but, as blood feuds go, the Rays versus the Red Sox has potential.

“The tradition has to begin somewhere,” said Tampa manager Joe Maddon, hours before Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the AL Division Series against the Red Sox. “We’re building it, living it, so we don’t have the benefit of looking back 50 years from now.”

Both teams wrote a riveting chapter on Monday night as the Rays avoided elimination for the fourth time in eight days. They came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it in the fifth, took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, lost it in the top of the ninth, then won it in the bottom of that same inning on Jose Lobaton’s unlikely home run off Koji Uehara.


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