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Red Sox advance to ALCS
Red Sox advance to ALCS
Christopher Cushna | 10/09/13 | 2:36 PM EDT 0 Comments
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Tampa Bay eliminated... finally.


The Rays could have been eliminated on the last day of the season in Toronto. But they won that game, and forced an extra game in Texas. When they beat the Rangers in game 163, they earned a spot in the wild-card elimination game. That meant a trip to Cleveland, and a winner-take-all game against the Indians. They kept winning.

The Rays then earned a trip to Boston, where they lost two games but their season did not end. Manager Joe Maddon mentioned that he expected to come back to Boston.    He said he was looking forward to it, and that Boston was nice this time of year.   If he does go back, he will need a ticket to game one of the ALCS against either the Tigers or the Athletics, which will be determined in a game 5 in Oakland on Thursday.

Maddon did all he could. He managed his pitching staff like the late great Sparky Anderson. Anderson was called Captain Hook because of the way he quickly hooked pitchers with the Big Red Machine. In game 4 against Boston, Maddon changed pitchers early and often, using all the relievers and even some starters in relief. 

In the end, Boston came back from a 1-0 deficit and scored three runs due to wild pitching from the Rays and speedy base running by the Sox. They won the game 3-1, and won the series 3-1. The ALCS starts in Boston on Saturday. Better leave a ticket at will call for Maddon. 
In this Article: RED SOX | RAYS | JOE MADDON | MLB

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