St. Petersburg, Florida -- The Tampa Bay Rays come home for a do-or-die playoff game Monday night.
They're back in town for game three of the American League Division Series.
The Rays have already faced two tough losses to the Boston Red Sox. Another loss to Boston will eliminate Tampa Bay from the postseason.
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A sell-out home crowd will pack Tropicana Field at 6 p.m. Monday. It'll be the Rays' first home game in two weeks.
To stay alive in the playoffs, the Rays now have to win three in a row, starting with Monday's game.
Evan Longoria and Monday's starting pitcher Alex Cobb both took the field for an optional practice inside the Trop on Sunday. The Red Sox also took some swings.
Here are some optimistic stats for the St. Pete sluggers:
Before losing Friday and Saturday in Boston, the Rays had played in three straight win-or-go-home games in three different cities -- Toronto, Dallas, and Cleveland.
The Rays won all three to stay alive.
And this season, the Rays have been hot at the Trop. They've won almost two home games for every one home loss.
It's not all sunshine, though. Their record against the Red Sox in St. Pete this year: Six Boston wins and just three Tampa Bay wins.
Rays manager Joe Maddon truly believes if his guys take this series one game at a time, they can stay alive.
His motto: you don't have to be perfect, you just have to be present -- in the moment -- to be your best.
You're invited to a street party before the sold-out game along Central Avenue, outside Ferg's sports bar. Rays mascots Raymond and DJ Kitty will be there, along with music and giveaways.
The party, sponsored by the City of St. Petersburg, starts at 3:30 p.m.
While game 3 is sold out, tickets for a possible game 4 are still available and can be purchased online at raysbaseball.com.