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No stopping Sox momentum

The Red Sox have won nine straight elimination games in the ALCS. Think about how absurd that is. Four in a row against the Yankees in '04. Three straight against the Indians last year. And now, two in a row against the suddenly bedeviled Rays.

You wonder if Game Seven tonight is heading for an inevitable finish. Once that momentum starts going Boston's way, it never seems to stop anymore. Who knew that Dave Roberts' stolen base four years ago would forever change history, forever change the way a franchise is viewed.

The Sox were the team that could never get the job done when it counted. Now they're the team you can't beat when it counts. Amazing turnaround. Folks in Tampa seem resigned to their fate. This Tampa Tribune column calls Thursday night's blown seven-run lead the Rays' "Bartman". Ouch.

And if they win tonight, the Sox are going to be huge favorites in the World Series. Remember, their last two trips have been sweeps and the Phillies are sitting home getting stale -- just like the Tigers and Rockies have the last two years.

--Mike Harrington

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