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October 19, 2008 - 10:35 am
Apparently, this Game 7 stuff is habit forming for the Red Sox . Since 1985, when the American League Championship Series was changed to a best-of-seven format, this is just the sixth ALCS to go the distance. The Red Sox have been in five of those: 1986, 2003, 2004, 2007 and now 2008. The Sox have...
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October 19, 2008 - 10:32 am
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October 19, 2008 - 6:11 am
Here'€™s the skinny on the Red Sox lineup'€™s history against Tampa starter Matt Garza , who built upon his regular-season success against the Sox (3-1, 3.86) by completely dominating in Game 3. The right-hander allowed just one run in six innings and punched out five. The most interesting...
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October 18, 2008 - 11:54 pm
If the Red Sox and Rays had simply alternated wins in the first six games of the series, the excitement would have been untrammeled. A Tampa Bay team that has leapfrogged its anticipated developmental path would have been lauded for simply getting to a winner-take-all situation for the right to...
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October 18, 2008 - 10:35 am
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October 18, 2008 - 9:46 am
Back in the day, you had to hit a game-winning homer to achieve a "walkoff." Most people identify Dennis Eckersley as the man who would be rich had he decided to trademark the term. "The Eck," long before he started taking grave offense at those who would refer to his hairstyle as a mullet ,...
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October 18, 2008 - 8:01 am
Word is that a minor-league teammate named Chris Flinn gave James Shields the nickname "Big Game James." Flinn was a teammate of the Rays starter at a couple of minor-league outposts: with the 2003 Bakersfield Blaze (who finished the year 70-70, 4th place in the California League's North Division...
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October 16, 2008 - 9:08 am
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October 16, 2008 - 5:28 am
It seems easy to disparage the logic of the Rays in shifting the position of starters Scott Kazmir and James Shields . There are those who suggest that Tampa Bay skipper Joe Maddon is managing in case he loses Game 5. Oddly, few have acknowledged the fact that the Rays may actually be putting...
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October 16, 2008 - 3:35 am
With Scott Kazmir pitching (instead of James Shields ) in Game 5 of the ALCS, it should be interesting to see how the Red Sox deck gets shuffled. In Game 2, also started by Kazmir, J.D. Drew was on the bench, and Jason Bay hit fifth in the order. Francona kept Jacoby Ellsbury in the leadoff spot,...
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