In 2004, the Sox overcame a 0-3 deficit to beat the New York Yankees. In 2007, The Sox came from down 1-3 to beat the Cleveland Indians. This year, the Sox are behind again, but the adversity seems to have energized the team. “I think they wish we were playing in about 10 minutes,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona told reporters in an off-day press conference. “It’s good. It’s very good. It’s enthusiastic. I mean, we’ll play tomorrow, because that’s when we’re supposed to, but I think everybody is ready to play right now, which is what I was hoping for.”
Sox Nation is gearing up to cheer for a team on the brink yet again. The same team that fought off elimination in the 1999 ALDS, 2003 ALDS, 2004 ALCS, and last year’s ALCS. Team captain Jason Varitek was there for each of those series’, and will lead the Sox with the same determination this year.
The Sox will be sending Daisuke Matsuzaka to the mound tonight. Matsuzaka held the Rays hitless into the seventh inning in his first appearance of the series. The Rays moved up Scott Kazmir to face him, giving James Shields a day off and what they consider to be a better matchup at home in a possible game six. Potential game six and seven starters Jon Lester and Josh Beckett faltered in their previous appearances, but both have a playoff pedigree that speaks for itself.
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Last night’s 5-1 win by the Phillies over the Dodgers gave Philadelphia a 4-1 series win over L.A. in the NLCS, putting them in the World Series for the 1st time since 1993. The Phillies who own the distinction as the losingest franchise in pro sports history with over 10,000 losses can finally have something to cheer about. The Championship starved city now awaits the winner of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays.
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After last night’s loss to the Rays the Red Sox will be looking to pull even in tonight’s game 4 at Fenway. Veteran knuckle baller Tim Wakefield gets the ball tonight for the Sox. He’s pitched in his fair share of big games for the Red Sox and should give the team a great chance to knot this series up at two apiece.
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Red Sox vs Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday 10/14/08 – 8:07pm
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The first two games of the American League Championship series were a rollercoaster ride. In game one, Daisuke Matsuzaka took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and stunned the Rays, protecting his perfect road record this season. In game two, both starters only went 4.1 innings, and gave up a combined 13 runs. The Sox battled back to a tie, but ultimately lost in the 11th on a BJ Upton sac fly off of Mike Timlin.
Much like Sox/Yankees postseason games, the Sox/Rays games so far seem to set a lengthy trend. Friday night’s matchup lasted three hours and twenty-five minutes, and Saturday’s 11-inning marathon stretched to five hours and twenty-seven minutes.
The Sox went 7-2 against the Rays at home during the regular season, though they dropped the season series. The Sox are 12-6 at home in the playoffs under manager Terry Francona, while the Rays are starting just their second postseason series.
Today the series returns to Boston for games 3, 4, and 5. This afternoon’s matinee sees Jon Lester matched up against Matt Garza.
Until 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays had never won more than 70 games in a single season. Now they are matched up against the Red Sox to decide which team will represent the American League in the World Series. Though the Sox have an all time record of 111-58 against the Rays, Tampa had the edge in the series this year. The Rays won the season series 10-8, and were 6-0 in one run games.
It’s also worth noting that the Angels’ 8-1 record against the Red Sox in the regular season did not seem to have much effect on their ALDS matchup.
The rivalry between the Sox and Rays is coming to a head. The teams have cleared the benches six times in the past eight years, including the altercation earlier this year between Coco Crisp and James Shields. That incident resulted in eight suspensions, and a tense, highly competitive atmosphere in the matchups to follow.
“We had the one incident this year. That to me also is ancient history,” Rays skipper Joe Maddon told Yahoo! Sports writer Brett Huston. “The rivalry is being built because we’re good. This year truly is building into a legitimate rivalry, whereas in the past I think it was more fabricated.”
2008 ALCS Schedule
Game 1 – Friday, October 10th 8:37pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 2 – Saturday, October 11th 8:07pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 3 – Monday, October 13th 822:pm @ Boston
Game 4 – Tuesday, October 14th 8:22pm @ Boston
Game 5 – Thursday, October 16th 8:22pm @ Boston
Game 6 – Saturday, October 18th 8:22pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 7 – Sunday, October 19th 8:22pm @ Tampa Bay
Game 1 – James Shields vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 2 – Scott Kazmir vs Josh Beckett
Game 3 – John Lester vs Matt Garza
Game 4 – Tim Wakefield vs Andy Sonnanstine
Game 5 – Daisuke Matsuzaka vs James Shields
Game 6 – Scott Kazmir vs James Shields
Game 7 – Matt Garza vs John Lester
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The Boston Red Sox have set their pitching rotation for the first 3 games of the ALCS. The Red Sox will start Daisuke Matsuzaka in Friday’s game 1 in Tampa. Josh Beckett will be the game 2 starter, with Jon Lester getting the nod for game 3 at Fenway Park on Monday 10/13. Wakefield gets his first start of the 2008 postseason in game 4 at Fenway Park.
In three games vs the Rays this year, Daisuke is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA and a .228 Batting Average against him. Josh Beckett did not appear against the Rays in 2008.
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The Boston Red Sox won a memorable game four against the Angels Monday night. After Jason Varitek retired Reggie Willits on a failed suicide squeeze, and Manny Delcarmen got Sunday’s hero Erick Aybar to ground out to first, the Sox came up to bat with the game tied in the ninth. After J.D. Drew struck out, left fielder Jason Bay laced a ground-rule double to right. Mark Kotsay hit a screamer that looked like it could end the game, but Angels’ first baseman Mark Teixeiera snagged for the second out. Jed Lowrie stepped up to the plate and ended the series with a ground ball to the right.
“In the back of my mind, I was thinking curveball,” Lowrie told MLB.com’s Ian Browne. “He threw me one that was up just enough, and I found a hole.”
Lowrie became the fourth rookie to end a postseason series with a walk-off. The Sox avoid the cross-country trip to LA, and get a few days off before they face the Tampa Bay Rays in the ALCS.
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The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ended their losing streak against the Boston Red Sox, and it took five hours and nineteen minutes to do so. Both starting pitchers faltered, giving up four runs each in less-than-five-inning efforts. The story of the night was relief pitching – a total of 12.1 scoreless innings between both pens. The halos would have the final say behind an Erick Aybar RBI single in the top of the 12th. The Sox were not able to answer the run, and lost their first postseason game against the Angels since 1986.
Sunday night’s loss means that the Sox will be playing game 4 of the American League Division Series on Monday night at 8:37pm. Tickets are available now!
If history has an impact on their emotions, I’m sure the Angels were quite disappointed to draw the Boston Red Sox in the ALDS. Despite winning eight of the nine games between the teams this year, the Angels have been swept by the Red Sox in their last two playoff matchups in 2004 and 2007 and have won the last 10 overall playoff games since 1986. You could see history repeating itself last night as the Red Sox continued their playoff dominance with a 4-1 victory in Los Angeles.
Jon Lester got the win for the Red Sox with a masterful 7 inning performance with 7 K’s and 6 hits. John Lackey took the loss for the Angels despite pitching really well. Lackey’s lone mistake was a two out, two run homer to Jason Bay. Bay’s go ahead homer was good enough for the win but the Sox were able to tack on some insurance runs in the 9th inning. Jonathan Papelbon got the save for the Red Sox.
Game 2 of the series is on Friday night and will feature Ervin Santana for the Angels vs Daisuke Matsuzaka for the Red Sox. The series will shift to Boston’s Fenway Park on Sunday and Monday (if necessary) for games 3 and 4. Red Sox playoff tickets are available for these games and all potential Sox playoff games including the World Series. You will get a full refund on any tickets purchased for playoff games that are not played.
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With the Tampa Bay Rays taking the top spot in the American League East and the Sox taking the AL Wild Card, Boston will face the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the first round of the postseason. The Sox were 1-8 against the Angels this season, winning only their first matchup at Fenway, back on April 22nd. Sox Ace Josh Beckett was scratched from game one, and pushed back to game 3 on Sunday in Boston due to an oblique injury. His counterpart, Angels hurler John Lackey, does not seem to be in good shape himself either. Lackey was roughed up for ten runs in just 2.2 innings by the Texas Rangers.
The Sox will send John Lester to the mound to start game 1. Lester has had an impressive year, going 16-6 in 33 starts; 5-1 in his last 6. The Sox also have question marks in Mike Lowell and JD Drew, both of which who have been bothered by injury. They are both assumed to be on the ALDS roster, but Lowell is still considered a game-time decision.
Pitching MatchupsGame 1 @ LA – 10/1/2008 – John Lackey vs Jon Lester
Game 2 @ LA – 10/3/2008- Ervin Santana vs Daisuke Matsuzaka
Game 3 @ Boston – 10/5/2008 – Joe Saunders vs Josh Beckett
Game 4 @ Boston – 10/6/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
Game 5 @ LA – 10/8/2008 – TBA vs TBA*
Boston Red Sox ALDS Roster
Jon Lester, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Paul Byrd, Jonathan Papelbon, Justin Masterson, Hideki Okajima, Manny Delcarmen, Javier Lopez, Tim Wakefield
Jason Varitek, Kevin Cash, Kevin Youkilis, Dustin Pedroia, Jed Lowrie, Sean Casey, Alex Cora, Mike Lowell, David Ortiz, Jason Bay, Coco Crisp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mark Kotsay, JD Drew, David Ross
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim ALDS Roster
John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jon Garland, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen.
Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Chone Figgins, Garret Anderson, Kendry Morales, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews Jr., Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits.
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