Their previous series were split 1-1 as Tampa won in seven games in the 2008 ALCS, and Boston won in four games in the 2013 ALDS.
The matchup got particularly interesting when Cruz launched a ball that soared before slamming into the catwalk, which is known as the "C-Ring," in the bottom of the third inning.
Although the instances of this occurring are few and far between, MLB.com lists the procedures for this scenario:
"Batted ball that strikes either of the lower two catwalks (known as the 'C-Ring' and the 'D-Ring'), including any lights or suspended objects attached to either of those catwalks as well as any angled support rods that connect the 'C-Ring' to the masts that support the 'D-Ring' in fair territory: Home Run.
"Batted ball that strikes either of the upper catwalks (known as the 'A-Ring' and the 'B-Ring'), including the masts that support each of those catwalks as well as any angled support rods that connect the 'B-Ring' to the masts that support the 'C-Ring' in fair territory: In Play. If caught by fielder, batter is out and runners advance at own risk.
"Batted ball that is not judged a home run and remains on a catwalk, light or suspended object: Two Bases. Batted ball strikes catwalk, light or suspended object over foul territory: Dead Ball."
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If you're interested in more postseason bingo, the Rays now have the second-youngest player with an RBI in his postseason debut (Wander Franco: 20 years, 220 days old) and the second-oldest player with a postseason HR (Nelson Cruz: 41 years, 98 days old).
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