Saturday, October 01, 2005

SOX CAUGHT THE YANKEES IN THE AL EAST


Compared to last October, this weekend's scenario is completely different. Rivals from the playoffs for the past two years, and from the regular season for 100 years, the Sox has once again successfully chased the Yankees. David Wells pitched seven strong innings to give the Red Sox a 5-3 victory and a first-place tie with the Yankees becoming eligible for the season's final weekend game. Boston's win has elucidated that the AL East title is still vague until Sunday, which is also the last day of the regular-season schedule. There is also one probability that if Boston and New York split the last two games and Cleveland defeats Chicago twice one-game playoff for the AL East title will become unavoidable, and if Boston and New York are tied and Cleveland can't match their records with, in that case the Yankees will take home the Division title making the Red Sox wild card entrants. It seems Boston’s are all prepared the best pitchers in the league.

Let’s enjoy the closest race between the longtime rivals. The last they contended so closely was back in 1978. They also faced each other in the AL championship series in 1999 and each of the last two years, with Boston finally breaking through in 2004 for its first World Series title since 1918. Whatever the outcome may be one thing is for sure, Rodriguez and Ortiz will enter as the AL's two leading MVP candidates.


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