| AL Playoffs Round 1
Sox vs Rays
Games 1 and 2
Series opens in
| Starting Pitchers:
Javier Vazquez (12-16)
James Shields (14-8)
| The Citrus Connection
Sox open ALDS in Tropicana Field
2005 Sox WON WS in Minute Maid Park
"Minute Maid" = orange juice brand name!
"Tropicana" = orange juice brand name!
Good vibes, baby, good vibes!
| In spite of orange juice karma. . .
The experts do not favor our Sox
They opine that Tampa Bay has better
pitching and better hitting. . .
Plus the name change from Devil Rays
to Rays gives huge boost to team mojo!
|Game 1 Scoring
Rookie Evan Longoria homers in 2nd
Rays lead 1-0
Rookie Dewayne Wise homers in 3rd
Sox lead 3-1
Key triple (Iwamura) and double (Navarro)
allow Rays to tie it in 3rd, and. . .
. . . Rookie Evan Longoria homers in 3rd
Rays lead 4-3
Longoria and Crawford drive in 2 more in 5th
Rays lead 6-3
Sox load bases in 7th. . . Uribe and Cabrera fan
Rays lead 6-3
Konerko homers in 9th but it's a case of. . .too little too late! Rays prevail, 6-4
| Game 2 Pitchers
Mark Buehrle (14-10) for Sox
Scott Kazmir (12-8) for Rays
Top of the First
Four Sox bat with bases loaded!
Konerko pops up for first out
Thome singles to right for one run
Alexei Ramirez hits sac fly for second run
Uribe strikes out to end inning
NO MORE RUNS FOR REST OF GAME
In the meantime. . .
2nd Inning: Aybar on 1st, Baldelli lines out . . .
. . . to Ramirez who throws ball into dugout!
Aybar then scores on Navarro single
5th inning: Rays take 3-2 lead on Iwamura HR!
7th: Sox put 2 on, reliever Howell retires next 3
8th: Upton triples, Crawford hit chases Buehrle. . .
. . . Rays score 2 more . . . final score: Rays, 6-2
| Jermaine Dye has four hits for the day. . .
. . . with zero runs scored and zero RBI's!
Sox leave a ton of baserunners!
| Sox return to Chicago
down two and in a
MUST WIN situation!
| 2008 Results
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