A few things to know in advance of Friday’s ALDS Game 1 between the Red Sox and Rays at Fenway Park:
• Including its win over Cleveland in Wednesday's wild card game, the Rays have won nine games in a row against teams above .500. The Rays played 97 games against teams .500 or better (48-49) in the regular season, the most among the 10 postseason teams.
• The Rays (who were 4-13 between Aug. 25-Sept. 11) are only the fifth team in the wild card era who endured 4-13 or worse slumps in the final six weeks and still made the postseason. They join the 2008 Brewers, 2000 Yankees, 2000 Mariners and 1995 Yankees.
• David Ortiz is the only current Red Sox player remaining from the 2004 World Series championship team. He joins Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester as the only players remaining on the team from the 2007 title-winning team. That 2007 season also was John Farrell's first as Red Sox pitching coach.
• Since the start of the three-division era in 1994, this year's Red Sox squad is the second AL team to win a division title the year after a last-place finish, the first being the 2008 Rays. Five NL teams have also done it. Overall, this is the fourth time the Red Sox have reached the postseason following a fifth-place showing or worse in the previous year's standings. That also was accomplished following 1985 (fifth of seven), 1966 (ninth of 10), and 1945 (seventh of eight).
• The Red Sox are 43-31 (.581) all-time in postseason games at home, including 41-29 (.586) at Fenway Park and 17-9 (.654) since 2003. Boston is 8-6 all-time in 14 ALDS games at Fenway, including an 8-3 mark since 1999.