Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay Rays: a Look Back at This AL East Rivalry

When Do the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox Play Next?

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Are the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox Rivals?

Yes, the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox have a division rivalry. Both the Rays and the Red Sox compete in the American League East. The winner of the American League East gets an automatic berth into the MLB playoffs.

Who are the Tampa Bay Rays’ Biggest Rivals?

The biggest rivals of the Tampa Bay Rays are the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. All three teams compete in the American League East. Since 2018, each team has won the division title at least once.

Who are the Boston Red Sox’s Biggest Rivals?

The biggest rivals of the Boston Red Sox are the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees. Between 1995–2022, these three teams combined to have won 25 out of 27 AL East division titles.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox Series History

The Rays and Red Sox have a heated division rivalry that dates back 20 years. Originally the Devil Rays, in 1998 Tampa Bay became the second expansion team to join the AL East after the Toronto Blue Jays, who did so in 1977. In 1998, Boston went on to win nine out of 12 games against the Devil Rays.

Tension heated up between the two squads two years later when Red Sox starting pitcher Pedro Martínez beaned Tampa Bay outfielder Gerald Williams. Williams charged the mound and punched Martínez , which led to a bench-clearing brawl and a Williams ejection.

Ten years later, TB rebranded as the Rays and immediately became a powerhouse in the division, winning their first AL East title. In 2008, the two teams clashed in the American League Championship Series in seven games, with the Rays coming out on top and making their inaugural World Series appearance.

Tempers flared during the 2008 regular season when Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp and Rays infielder Akinori Iwamura collided on a play at second base. The very next game, Tampa Bay starting pitcher James Shields drilled Crisp at the plate, which led to another bench-clearing brawl between the two teams.

The two squads have clashed two more times in the playoffs, most recently in 2021 when the Red Sox won the AL Division Series, 3–1. As division rivals, the two teams roughly play 20 times a year. In the 2022 regular season, the Rays won 12 out of 19 regular season games, with Boston sweeping all three games in the final series of the regular season.

The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays combined have won nine AL East division titles between 2008–2022.

Notable players who have made significant impacts in the Rays’ and Red Sox’s series history include Pedro Martínez, Manny Ramirez, Nomar Garciaparra, David Ortiz, Curt Schilling, B.J. Upton, Evan Longoria, and James Shields.

Recent Results Between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays

For baseball fans curious about how the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays have fared against each other in their frequent matchups, we’ve compiled a table of their recent head-to-head matchups:

DateHome TeamAway TeamLocationWinnerScore
10/05/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston6-3
10/04/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston6-0
10/03/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston4-3
09/07/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay1-0
09/06/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay8-4
09/05/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay4-3
08/28/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay12-4
08/27/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston5-1
08/26/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston9-8
07/14/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay5-4
07/13/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay4-1
07/12/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay3-2
07/11/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay10-5
07/06/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay7-1
07/05/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay8-4
07/04/2022Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston4-0
04/24/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay5-2
04/23/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay3-2
04/22/2022RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston4-3
10/11/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston6-5
10/10/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston6-4
10/08/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston14-6
10/07/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay5-0
09/08/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston2-1
09/07/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay12-7
09/06/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay11-10
09/02/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston4-0
09/01/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston3-2
08/31/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay8-5
08/30/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay6-1
08/12/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay8-1
08/11/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston20-8
08/10/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay8-4
08/01/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay3-2
07/31/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay9-5
07/30/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay7-3
06/24/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay1-0
06/23/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay8-2
06/22/2021RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston9-5
04/07/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston9-2
04/06/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston6-5
04/05/2021Red SoxRaysFenway ParkBoston11-2
09/13/2020RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston6-3
09/12/2020RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay5-4
09/11/2020RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldTampa Bay11-1
09/10/2020RaysRed SoxTropicana FieldBoston4-3
08/13/2020Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay17-8
08/12/2020Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay9-5
08/11/2020Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay8-2
08/10/2020Red SoxRaysFenway ParkTampa Bay8-7

Where Do the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox Play?

The Boston Red Sox play at Fenway Park, located in Boston, Massachusetts. The park opened in 1912 and is the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball. Fenway has hosted the World Series 10 times, with the Red Sox winning seven of them.

The Tampa Bay Rays play at Tropicana Field, located in St. Petersburg, Florida. The park opened in 1990 and is the only domed stadium in Major League Baseball that is not air-conditioned.

Other MLB Rivalries

American LeagueNational LeagueInterleague
Boston Red Sox vs. New York YankeesChicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee BrewersBaltimore Orioles vs. Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox vs. Tampa Bay RaysChicago Cubs vs. St. Louis CardinalsLos Angeles Angels vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox vs. Milwaukee TwinsLos Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco GiantsNew York Mets vs. New York Yankees
Houston Astros vs. Texas RangersNew York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox vs. Cleveland GuardiansAtlanta Braves vs. New York Mets
New York Yankees vs. Houston AstrosLos Angeles Dodgers vs. San Diego Padres

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