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Cubs, Angels come up small

The Cubs couldn't do anything right in their series. The Angels somehow survived Game Three but blew a ninth-inning suicide squeeze and got sent home for the winter by the Red Sox in the ninth inning of Game Four Monday night.

So there we have it. Baseball's two best regular-season teams get richly-deserved exits in the division series. We're left with Dodgers and Phillies in the NLCS and a bitter grudge match between the Red Sox and Rays in the ALCS.

Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez could be on a collision course with his former teammates for a World Series at Fenway. Wouldn't that make for a wild story? Ramirez says he's rooting for his former teammates and here's one more piece of delicious irony: The Red Sox are still paying his salary!

The NLCS starts Thursday, the ALCS on Friday so we've still got time to ponder my picks. So looking back at the division series, are you more surprised by the fall of the Cubs or the Angels?

---Mike Harrington

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