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World Series Tampa Bay Rays-Phillies Game 2: News and notes

Rays manager Joe Maddon

On what being in the World Series means for the franchise

"All of a sudden, you gain an identity. You gain an identity within Major League Baseball. The Tampa Bay area has had a Super Bowl champ, an NHL champ, and now we need a baseball champion."

Today's schedule in Philadelphia

2:30: Phillies interviews

3-5: Phillies workout

5: Rays interviews

5:30-7: Rays workout

Upcoming pitchers

Game 3

Matt Garza (Rays) vs. Jamie Moyer (Phillies)

Game 4

Andy Sonnanstine (Rays) vs. Joe Blanton (Phillies)

Omen of the day

There have been only four teams in the 103 previous Series to win the opening game and then get swept in the next four —and two were former Phillies teams, in 1915 and 1983. The other two were the '42 Yankees and '69 Orioles.

Stat of the day

19 Series at-bats for the Phillies with runners in scoring position without a hit, until a fourth-inning infield single by Shane Victorino, above.

Hitless in the clutch

Longest hitless streaks with runners in scoring position to begin a World Series:

TeamNo.Year

Dodgers221966

Phillies192008

Reds181972

Phillies161950

A's141990

Anniversary of the day

Thursday was the 20th anniversary for principal owner Stuart and Linda Sternberg. It was quite a memorable wedding, three days after the Dodgers' improbable 1988 Series victory, as Sternberg removed his yarmulke halfway down the aisle and put on a Dodgers cap.

Number
of the day

104 Pitches for Rays starter James Shields, who gave up zero runs and seven hits in 5T innings.

World Series Tampa Bay Rays-Phillies Game 2: News and notes 10/23/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 1:21pm]
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