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McAdam: Red Sox can only sit and watch much smaller payroll teams in Wednesday’s wild card game

It's bad enough that the Red Sox are sitting home Wednesday night while the American League wild-card gets played 3,000 miles away.

But the fact that the game is between the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland A's only makes it that much worse.

While the Red Sox spent approximately $240 million and still finished in third place in their division with the seventh-highest win total in the league, the Rays, with the game's smallest payroll ($63.4 million, according to Spotrac.com) finished eight games ahead of the AL East.

Meanwhile, the A's, with the 25th-ranked payroll ($92.8 million), won 13 more games than the Sox.