ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — So which team would the Red Sox like to play once they enter the playoffs?
While nobody would say anything publicly, players did indicate they thought they had played their best against the Rays, against whom they are now 12-6 this season.
Red Sox-Rays has been a strange season series statistically.
The Red Sox had hit the Rays at a .207 clip during the 17 games, but they had a .280 average with runners in scoring position. Tampa Bay was hitting Boston pitching at a .237 clip, but was .146 with runners in scoring position.
The .207 average is the third-lowest vs. an opponent in Red Sox history. They hit .189 against the 2011 Rays and .204 against the 1966 Orioles. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.