11/02/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

White Sox-Rays: Live Pitch-By-Pitch

The Rays have had a breather, while the White Sox are coming off a breathtaking win in the American League Central tiebreaker game Tuesday night.

The Rays haven't played since Sunday, while the White Sox believe they are sharp after fending off elimination by winning games they could not afford to lose on three consecutive nights.

When Tampa Bay and Chicago meet in Game 1 of the AL Division Series on Thursday afternoon (2:37 p.m. ET) at Tropicana Field, it will be another test case for the age-old argument: Which is the preferred way to enter the playoffs, with more rest or momentum on your side?