The Red Sox took two of three games from the Tampa Bay Rays in mid-September, a series that essentially ended the American League East race.
The Rays would have to make the postseason through a crowd of teams seeking a wild-card berth. But manager Joe Maddon predicted then that his team would face the Red Sox again
“We’re really looking forward to playing them in the playoffs,” he said at the time.
Maddon arrived at Fenway Park on Thursday, the latest stop on a wild journey that has the Rays in the American League Division Series against the Sox. The Rays survived, just as he said they would. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.