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Tough day in Chicago

FansNot a good Friday in Chicago. The White Sox have to find a way to rebound tonight at Tampa Bay or both Windy City teams will be in 0-2 holes in the division series.

Thursday's losses marked the first time ever the Cubs and White Sox have lost a postseason game on the same day (of course, it's the first time they've both been in the same October madness since 1906!).

Chicago Tribune reporter Paul Sullivan brought out the "choke" word to describe what's going on with the Cubs as they head for their second straight division series sweep. Mighty harsh I suppose but the Cubs have, in fact, lost eight straight postseason games since they led the Marlins, 3-1, in the 2003 NLCS. Maybe Bartman means they never win another postseason game again? Meanwhile,Tyler Kepner of the New York Times nicely wraps together the back-to-back debacles.

The Cubs had the best record in the NL but have to go on the road and win just to avoid being swept. The Angels could be in exactly the same boat if they don't beat the Red Sox tonight in Anaheim. And with Josh Beckett looking like he'll be ready for Game Three Sunday night in Fenway, the Halos could very well be swept away by the Sox for the third straight time in the DS if they don't get it even tonight. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy does a pretty good job picking on the Angels in this piece.

---Mike Harrington

(AP Photo: Cubs fans can't bear to watch Thursday's 10-3 loss)

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