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Sox go deep into the night again

RaysWhat is it about the Red Sox and Saturday nights in the ALCS? It seems like a guarantee for the game to go well past the time "Saturday Night Live" signs off! In 2004, their 19-8 Game Three loss to the Yankees ended at 12:34 a.m. Little did we know that was basically the last positive game in the Yankees' postseason history, or so it seems now.

Last year, I was at Fenway Park for the Indians' 13-6, 11-inning miniseries in Game Two that ended at 1:37 a.m. -- latest finish ever for an ALCS game.

Last night, while most of you probably slept, the Sox and Rays went to the 11th inning and 1:35 a.m. before Tampa pulled out a series-evening 9-8 win on B.J. Upton's sacrifice fly to right.

The biggest thing from this one is that there is serious concern about Josh Beckett. He gave up eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. He looked like Bob Gibson last year but how is he going to pitch in Game Six or Seven if they get that far. Beckett got a painkilling shot for an oblique strain.

So the series is 1-1 heading back to Fenway for Game Three Monday. No real conclusions to draw yet. The Phillies go for the jugular today in LA, holding a 2-0 lead against the Dodgers heading to Game Three.

---Mike Harrington

(Photo: The party is on the for the Rays -- at 1:35 a.m./Associated Press)

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