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Wednesday was a bad day for the teams with the game's best records. The Cubs and Angels both looked tight in dropping Game One of the division series at home. And if they don't win Game Two (Thursday night for the Cubs, Friday for the Angels), it could be a quick exit after terrific seasons.

I really thought the Angels were head and shoulders above everybody else in the AL but they just didn't show up Wednesday. John Lackey threw one fat pitch to Jason Bay that became a two-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero foolishly tried to go first-to-third on a blooper behind first base and was nailed by Kevin Youkilis (Hey Vlad, get the refrigerator off your back!).

I know I raised some eyebrows picking the Dodgers over the Cubs but things seemed to go fine for that choice in Game One. Derek Lowe outpitched Ryan Dempster and the doom and gloom that's inevitable after 100 years of failure filled Wrigley after James Loney's grand slam. Then Manny Ramirez golfed another one into the bleachers and the Dodgers breezed home.

Meanwhile, esteemed Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy torched Ramirez in this piece Thursday morning. Wow. Just imagine if the Dodgers and Sox end up meeting  in the World Series. What a scene that would be at Fenway.

---Mike Harrington

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