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Rachel G. Bowers

It’s kind of a big day in Boston sports. Here’s your guide

Boston-10/03/17- The Bruins held a practice and media day at Warrior Arena as they prepare for their season debut Thursday. Coach Bruce Cassidy smiles as he chats with David Krejci(left) and David Pastrnak. John Tlumacki/Globe staff (sports)

Photos by Barry Chin and Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Mookie Betts, Bruce Cassidy, and Tom Brady.

Today is a tripleheader for Boston professional sports.

The Red Sox open their ALDS series in Houston.

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The Bruins open the regular season at home against the Predators.

And the Patriots are in Tampa for a primetime matchup on a short week.

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The last time three of the four major Boston teams played on the same day was Oct. 30, 2013, when the Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins all played.

That day, the Red Sox clinched the World Series at home for the first time since 1918, the Celtics opened their season with a loss to the Toronto Raptors, and the Bruins lost on the road to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

So, here is a guide to the day:

Red Sox at Astros

Chris Sale is the Sox’ Game 1 starter.

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Chris Sale is the Sox’ Game 1 starter.

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Game time: 4:08 p.m.

TV/Radio: MLB Network / WEEI 93.7.

Where’s MLB Network?Here’s how to find MLB Network on your television.

What Vegas says: Top Sports Book puts the Red Sox’ World Series odds at 10-1 and the Astros’ odds at 7-1.

Need to know: This is the first time these two teams have met in the postseason . . . The Red Sox went 3-4 against the Astros in the regular season, scoring 22 runs to the Astros’ 35 . . . The Sox were 52-43 (.547) in games decided by three or fewer runs. Five of the seven regular season contests between these teams were decided by that margin . . . The Game 1 starters are Chris Sale (17-7, 2.90 ERA) and Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36 ERA) . . . Sale did not face Houston this season, but he is 5-1 against the Astros in his career with a 1.31 ERA and is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA at Minute Maid Park . . . Verlander went 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts against the Sox this season, striking out seven, walking six, and giving up six earned runs over 12 innings. For his career, Verlander is 5-5 against the Sox with a 2.88 ERA.

Make your reads: The Sox will release their postseason roster Thursday. Here, the Globe’s Peter Abraham offers his roster projection for Boston . . . Nick Cafardo examines the ALDS matchup, position-by-position, and offers a prediction on the series . . . The Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan makes his roster projection for Houston . . . The Astros have called for an Orange Out of the entire city.

Predators at Bruins

This is Bruce Cassidy’s first full season as the Bruins coach.

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This is Bruce Cassidy’s first full season as the Bruins coach.

Game time: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NESN / 100.7FM WZLX.

What Vegas says: The Bruins’ odds to win the Stanley Cup are 28-1, according to Bovada.

Need to know: Patrice Bergeron (lower-body injury) left practice Tuesday and did not practice Wednesday. David Backes (sick) also did not skate Wednesday morning. Both are questionable for the opener . . . Boston split two contests against Nashville, a Stanley Cup finalist, a year ago . . . In those two games, the Bruins totalled six goals to the Predators’ two and 67 shots to the Predators’ 44 . . . Tuukka Rask is 3-1 in seven career games against Nashville with a .923 save percentage . . . Charlie McAvoy makes his regular-season debut for the Bruins.

Make your reads: Listen to Kevin Paul Dupont and Christopher L. Gasper talk Bruins and the opener on our Season Ticket podcast . . . These Bruins aren’t kidding around with this turn toward youth . . . Backup goalie Anton Khudobin is actually a key to the Bruins’ success . . . The best of the NHL — here’s a spin around the rink . . . A team-by-team look at the NHL for 2017-18 . . . The Predators’ roster for opening night is set . . . Nick Bonino will make his Predators debut.

Patriots at Buccaneers

Matt Patricia’s defense will be watched closely as the Patriots try to avoid falling to 2-3.

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Matt Patricia’s defense will be watched closely as the Patriots try to avoid falling to 2-3.

Game time: 8:25 p.m.

TV/Radio: CBS, NFL Network, Amazon Prime / WBZ 98.5.

What Vegas says: New England is a 5.5-point favorite, according to OddsShark.

Need to know: Tampa Bay hosts New England for the first time in 20 years. The Bucs were the home team in 2009, but the teams played in London . . . Tom Brady has never played in Tampa as a professional . . . Bill Belichick has never beaten the Bucs in Tampa, as a head coach or assistant . . . Buccaneers running back Doug Martin returns from suspension for this game . . . While the Patriots’ defense sits in the cellar of the league, the Bucs’ unit is not too far away, ranked 30th in total yards . . . Tampa Bay has just one sack this season on 127 dropbacks by opposing quarterbacks . . . The Bucs’ rushing attack ranks 26th in the league (84.7 yards per game). The Patriots rush defense ranks 26th in the league (132.8 yards per game) . . . DeSean Jackson has not crossed the 10-catch mark yet and has the lowest catch percentage on the Bucs’ (nine receptions of 20 targets).

Make your reads: Here are five Bucs players to keep your eye on . . . Here is Jim McBride’s thorough scouting report, including keys to victory for both teams . . . Why covering Mike Evans will be a tall task for the Patriots . . . The Brent Grimes Effect . . . DeSean Jackson doesn’t know why he hasn’t clicked with Jameis Winston . . . Can Martin save the Bucs and his career?

Water cooler talking points

The Celtics, Bruins, Red Sox, and Patriots have never all played on the same day, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, although the possibility was increased when the NBA decided to start its season earlier to reduce the frequency of teams playing back-to-back games. However even with the Celtics opening Oct. 17 and the Red Sox possibly making a deep playoff run, the schedules don’t sync for a potential quadruple-header.

Curious if three teams will play on the same day again this fall? We checked the dates.

The only other possibility is Saturday, Oct. 28. If the Red Sox advance to the World Series, Game 4 is that day, along with a Celtics game in Miami against the Heat and a Bruins game at home against the Los Angeles Kings. However, the Patriots play the following day, a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Follow Rachel G. Bowers on Twitter @RachelGBowers.
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