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Wednesday was a bad day for the teams with the game's best records. The Cubs and Angels both looked tight in dropping Game One of the division series at home. And if they don't win Game Two (Thursday night for the Cubs, Friday for the Angels), it could be a quick exit after terrific seasons.

I really thought the Angels were head and shoulders above everybody else in the AL but they just didn't show up Wednesday. John Lackey threw one fat pitch to Jason Bay that became a two-run homer and Vladimir Guerrero foolishly tried to go first-to-third on a blooper behind first base and was nailed by Kevin Youkilis (Hey Vlad, get the refrigerator off your back!).

I know I raised some eyebrows picking the Dodgers over the Cubs but things seemed to go fine for that choice in Game One. Derek Lowe outpitched Ryan Dempster and the doom and gloom that's inevitable after 100 years of failure filled Wrigley after James Loney's grand slam. Then Manny Ramirez golfed another one into the bleachers and the Dodgers breezed home.

Meanwhile, esteemed Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy torched Ramirez in this piece Thursday morning. Wow. Just imagine if the Dodgers and Sox end up meeting  in the World Series. What a scene that would be at Fenway.

---Mike Harrington


AL Division Series | Major leagues | Red Sox
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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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