Wednesday, October 15, 2008

DEAD SOX: Tampa Routs Boston

Players of the Day from Tuesday, October 14, 2008 ALCS: Tampa Bay 13 Boston 4 Carl Crawford went 5-for-5, the Rays hit 3 more home runs and moved to within one win of the World Series, bombing the Red Sox, 13-4, Tuesday night in Boston. Crawford did it all in the rout, with two singles, two doubles, a triple, a pair of steals, 3 runs and 2 RBI. It was one of the most impressive single-game performances in MLB history, tying the ALCS record. Evan Longoria homered for the third straight game, giving him 5 post-season dingers, a major league record for a rookie. Carlos Pena and Willy Aybar also homered. Aybar added three singles and drove in five runs. The win pushed the Red Sox right to the precipice and left the Rays with a commanding 3-1 lead, one win short of the franchise's first trip to the World Series. The two teams take a day off Wednesday, then resume their struggle on Thursday night, 8:07 pm ET, when game 1 winner Daisuke Matsuzaka starts for Boston against the Rays' James Shields. If the Rays don't seal the deal then, they'll have two more chances in Tampa Bay over the weekend to do so. Notes: Leave it to our favorite sports network, FOX, to get their priorities straight. On Wednesday night, while the other networks will be airing the the final bore-fest presidential debate, FOX will be presenting Game 5 of the NLCS, with the Phillies at LA, beginning at 8:22 pm ET. Philadelphia leads the series 3 games to 1.

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