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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Game 7 of anything is absolutely the most fun it can possibly be. When you're a kid growing up, you're always playing Game 7; well, here it is."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, going into Sunday's game

3 x 3 note of the day

There had been only three series in postseason history when both teams won three straight games.

2003 NLCS: Marlins won opener, Cubs won next three, Marlins won last three.

2004 ALCS: Yankees won first three, Red Sox won next four.

2007 ALCS: Red Sox won opener, Indians won next three, Red Sox won last three.

Home run list of the day

The Rays' 21 homers in their first 10 postseason games (including an LCS record 15 in the first six games) rank among the most prolific of any team.

Year Team HRs

2002 Giants 27

2004 Astros 25

2002 Angels 24

2008 Rays 21

2004 Cards 20

2003 Red Sox 20

1996 Braves 19

2005 ChiSox 18

1996 Orioles 18

2004 Red Sox 18

2007 Red Sox 18

*Source: David Vincent, SABR

Number of the day

24 Combined homers in the first six games, one shy of the LCS record set by the Astros and Cardinals in the 2004 NLCS.

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