BOSTON - This is city No. 5 on the trip that seemingly will never end.
And as a few of the Tampa Bay Rays showed up Thursday at Fenway Park for an optional workout on the eve of their Division Series, their manager was asking for more.
Five cities n eight days, all on the road, nearly all of them must-wins, the last three win- or go home.
"Another night's sleep and we'll be OK," Rays manager Joe Maddon said, admitting he wasn't real fond of rolling out of bed around noon Thursday. "That 4-to-12 sleep just isn't the same."
When the Rays get home from Boston sometime in the wee hours of Sunday morning, they'll have covered about 6,300 miles from St. Petersburg to New York to Toronto to Arlington, Texas to Cleveland to Boston and home.
"We've been so recently road-tested on these one-game gigs," Maddon said of the final game of regular season Sunday in Toronto, Monday's play-in game at Texas and Wednesday's wild-card game at Cleveland. "Tomorrow's not necessarily must-win but I really hope that our guys approach it that way."
Maybe that's the difference.
This isn't even their longest trip in time or mileage in the past five weeks. A journey to Oakland, Anaheim and Seattle covered more than 7,500 miles over 10 days ending Sept. 8.
The Rays were 3-7 on that trip, the end of a 5-20 record in road games over a 33-day stretch that helped create the recent urgency. Now, they look invincible no matter where they play.
Matt Moore, who pitched for the Rays in Friday's Game 1, says strong pitching from David Price and Alex Cobb in the two most recent games has helped the team maintain some sense of normalcy.