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Is it over?

RhcmanPHILADELPHIA -- There's no way anyone associated with the World Series thought we wouldn't be back at Tropicana Field when we left there Thursday night. Now you've got to wonder.

The Phillies lead, three games to one, after Sunday's 10-2 rout. Cole Hamels is on the mound Monday night and it appears Ryan Howard has found his power stroke again. Meanwhile, the Rays look lost at the plate, especially Evan Longoria and Carlos Pena. So many great moments for them all season but they're 0 for 29 in the four games. 0 for 29! Two years ago, the Tigers had a similar slump and someone asked Jim Leyland if there was anything he could really do. After all, in the regular season you shift the lineup or give a guy a day off. This is the World Series.

You go with the horses that got you here and hope they figure it out before it's too late. That's about all Tampa Bay can hope. The AL champs looked like the Devil Rays of 1998-2007 on Sunday night. They've got one more shot to do something in this series or we're going to have a four- or five-gamer for the fifth straight year.

Think we're going to back to St. Pete? My vote is no. How about yours?

---Mike Harrington

(AP Photo: Charlie Manuel, right, congratulates Ryan Howard after the final out.)

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