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Rays keep surprising everyone

We know FOX wants Red Sox-Dodgers. But we're now halfway to Rays-Phillies for the World Series, which would still be full of compelling stories. Just wondering: How much could you have gotten for that matchup in Las Vegas in March? Not that I ever bet but wow.

Even though they lost Game Two, you expected the Red Sox to go home to Fenway and take care of business, especially with Jon Lester on the mound. It certainly didn't happen Monday as the Rays rolled to a 9-1 win that has to have New England in a state of near-hysteria. Lester gets shelled, Josh Beckett is a huge question mark and the Sox have to rely on knuckleballer Tim Wakefield to get them through Game Four.

I know they were down, 3-1, to the Indians last year but the Sox would have to close things out in Games Six and Seven in Tampa if it gets to that point and not at cozy Fenway. They're in trouble.

HUGE game tonight for the Phillies and Dodgers. Two quick runs for the Phils in the first tonight off Derek Lowe. Let's see how Manny & Co. respond.

---Mike Harrington

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