Thursday Oct. 2, 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Evan Longoria and the Tampa Bay Rays
looked perfectly at home in the playoffs. The rookie homered in his first two at-bats and the surprising AL East champions were a big hit in their postseason debut, beating the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Thursday in their AL playoff opener.
After 10 seasons as baseball's doormat, Tampa Bay took the
division with the best home record in the majors. And there were no
October jitters as the young Rays kept winning at Tropicana Field
behind James Shields' effective start and Grant Balfour's
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