Which team should the Red Sox want to face in the first round of the playoffs?
The Indians, with Terry Francona, would be the most newsworthy and exciting angle, the matchup most people would love to see. And the Sox went 6-1 vs. Cleveland this year.
They also dominated their season series vs. the Rays, 12-7, but there were moments when the Rays looked good against them. And Tampa Bay is loaded with starting pitching.
The Tigers won more than they lost vs. Boston (4-3) but the Red Sox scored 43 runs in the seven games, including a 20-4 thrashing Sept. 4, and Miguel Cabrera has been ailing. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.