posted 8 years ago
The American League Championship Series sides are cast, and so is the die. Will the Boston Red Sox be able to retrieve, on seven intense October nights, the AL East title they fumbled away during six contentious spring and summer months? Or will the Tampa Bay Rays keep it right where it is on their jolly way to the World Series?
Seldom in sports have roles been as well defined as for the battle for AL supremacy, which kicks off here Friday night at 8:37 ET, between leading righties Daisuke Matsuzaka of the Red Sox and James Shields of the Rays.