Yesterday was a good day for teams that won their first ALDS game, as the Rays and Red Sox went 2-0 up on their ALDS foes. Chicago at least is going home, but the Angels seem pretty much done.
Tampa Bay 6, Chicago 2: Tampa beat Chicago behind a good start from Scott Kazmir and solid work from it's bullpen. Former Bluebird Banter target Akinori Iwamura hit a 2-run home run, Dioner Navarro and Carl Crawford had good days at the plate, B.J. Upton tripled and scored, and Rocco Baldelli chipped in with an RBI single. Toronto media favourite Orlando Cabrera did do a nice job leading off for the Chi Sox, with 2 hits in 4 appearances. Matt Garza will face John Danks in game 3 on Sunday with the Sox facing elimination.
Boston 7, Los Angeles of Anaheim 5: It has been years and I still cannot get over how stupid that name is. Ervin Santana gave up 4 runs in the first inning to put Boston out on top, but the Angels fought back to tie this game at 5 going into the 9th inning. Enter K-Rod, perhaps having one of the most overrated seasons for a closer of all time. J.D. Drew hit a 2-run bomb, Papelbon shut down the Angels, and the Sox won again. Boston and the Angels will also play their game 3 on Sunday with the Halos facing elimination and turning to Joe Saunders. Josh Beckett pitches for the Sox.