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Rays up next: ALCS

ALCS: Looking ahead

The Rays are going to their first-ever American League Championship Series, but they don't yet know whom they will face. Game 4 between the Red Sox and Angels was not complete at press time. The Red Sox led the Angels 2-1 in their best-of-five ALDS series.

How the Rays have matched up against each of those teams:

Angels Red Sox
How they fared
Rays were 6-3 against Angels this season, 5-1 at Tropicana Field. Rays won season series 10-8, 8-1 at Tropicana Field.
Carl Crawford's three-run homer in the Rays' four-run sixth inning gave them a come-from-behind 8-5 victory at the Trop on May 11, clinching a sweep. Dan Johnson hit a tying homer off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth at Fenway to spark a 5-4 win on Sept. 9, the day he was called up from Triple A.
In a 4-2 loss in Anaheim on June 11, Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir had a memorable spat with umpire Derryl Cousins after the All-Star felt Cousins missed a third-strike call; manager Joe Maddon was ejected for arguing his case. The benches-clearing brawl at Fenway on June 4, jump-started when Red Sox outfielder Coco Crisp charged the mound after James Shields hit him with a pitch. The melee resulted in eight suspensions.
There would be many intriguing storylines in this matchup, with Maddon a former Angels bench coach, and Troy Percival a former Angels closer. The Angels had the American League's best record, so they have homefield advantage, but the Rays have shown they can beat them at home — and on the road. The Rays would have homefield advantage in this matchup, which is huge considering they swept the Sox twice at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay also got a big confidence boost when it won two at Fenway in September. But the defending world champion Sox are coming together at the right time.
vs. Angels (2008)

Date (H/A) Result

May 9 (H) W, 2-0

May 10 (H) W, 2-0

May 11 (H) W, 8-5

June 9 (A) W, 13-4

June 10 (A) L, 6-1

June 11 (A) L, 4-2

Aug. 18 (H) W, 6-4

Aug. 19 (H) W, 4-2

Aug. 20 (H) L, 5-4

H — Home; A — Away

vs. Red Sox (2008)

Date (H/A) Result

April 25 (H) W, 5-4

April 26 (H) W, 2-1

April 27 (H) W, 3-0

May 2 (A) L, 7-3

May 3 (A) L, 12-4

May 4 (A) L, 7-3

June 3 (A) L, 7-4

June 4 (A) L, 5-1

June 5 (A) L, 7-1

June 30 (H) W, 5-4

July 1 (H) W, 3-1

July 2 (H) W, 7-6

Sept. 8 (A) L, 3-0

Sept. 9 (A) W, 5-4

Sept. 10 (A) W, 4-2 (14)

Sept. 15 (H) L, 13-5

Sept. 16 (H) W, 2-1

Sept. 17 (H) W, 10-3

H — Home; A — Away

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays up next: ALCS 10/06/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 6, 2008 10:35pm]
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