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Best and most telling quote we have read yet about the Rays first playoff game comes from Her Rays:
You know what was really refreshing about this game. It was the playoffs and the Rays still looked the same to me.
Perfect. That is exactly what Papa Joe would want.
DEVIL DOGS WEBTOPIA…
- As will probably be the norm for the rest of the playoffs, we had the game recap and several “Webtopia” links in last night’s “Happy Hour” feature. [Rays Index]
- Times for games 3, 4, and 5 have been updated above.
- As we mentioned last night Evan Longoria hit 2 home runs and he did not have a mohawk. He was sporting a freshly buzzed dome. Just sayin’.
- Joe Maddon still hasn’t decided who will start in RF and DH tonight. It will either be Rocco Baldelli in RF and Willy Aybar at DH or Fernando Perez in RF and Rocco at DH. [St. Pete Times]
- Carlos Pena is wearing a clear contact lens and using antibiotics to speed up the healing of his scratch cornea…David Price will be saved for long relief, working only in games in which a starter gets knocked out early or if a game goes extra innings…Jason Hammel and Edwin Jackson will pitch today in the Instructional League with Troy Percival throwing tomorrow. [Tampa Tribune]
- John Romano tries to recap the 7th inning confrontation between Grant Balfour and Orlando Cabrera. Romano does the best he can considering the language involved. [St. Pete Times]
- Phil Rogers of Chicago Tribune says the Rays acted like they have been there before. [Chicago Tribune]
- Here is transcripts from the postgame press conference with James Shields and Evan Longoria. [MLB]
- Transcript from Joe Maddon’s postgame press conference. [MLB]
- Transcript from Scott Kazmir’s workout day press conference. [MLB]
- Sully Baseball tries to find a team for New York baseball fans to root for in October. [Sully Baseball]
- The White Sox will send their Ace to the mound tonight in a must-win game. [Chicago Sun-Times]
- According to CoolStandings.com the Rays now have a 74.2% chance of winning the ALDS, with the most likely outcome being a sweep (27.4%). [CoolStandings]