1. Keys to send the ALCS back to Tampa

    The Dice-Man - Evan Brunell First off, welcome to the new Fire Brand of the American League! We’re at FireBrandAL.com now and you can read our orientation to the new Fire Brand and all the great things you can do just below this article...

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  2. It Ain’t Over Yet

    From Peter Gammons’ ESPN Insider column: Walking down Brookline Avenue outside Fenway Park on Tuesday night, one Red Sox player said virtually the same thing...

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  3. Death of a Nation; Red Sox fans resemble Willy Lohman after game 4 loss.

    Note:I am going to post a few rants throughout the day today. Part 1: Devastated. I think that’s the best word to describe my emotional state since the Rays starting launching bombs off Beckett, lasers off Lester, and whacked Wakefield...

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  4. TB 13, BOS 4: Sox pounded

    Tim Wakefield got shelled early and the trend continued as the Tampa Bay Rays now have a 3-1 lead over the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS. The Rays hitters scored 5 runs in the first two innings including homers by Carlos Pena and Evan Longoria...

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  5. 10/14: Is Wake our Savior?

    @ Oct. 14 GAME 4 - ALCS 2008 Andy Sonnanstine (1-0, 3...

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    Fire Brand is moving to its much trumpeted layout and location sometime tomorrow. If you haven't done so yet, please update your bookmarks to FireBrandAL...

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  7. What Sox need to do at the plate, in the field

    IN THE FIELD Tim Wakefield last pitched in a game on September 28, meaning that while he will be extremely well-rested, the potential exists that he will be far too rusty to make a meaningful contribution...

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  8. Francona should ponder lineup changes after Game 3 rout

    Heading into Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, the defending champion Red Sox appeared to have the edge over the upstart Rays...

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  9. UPDATE YOUR BOOKMARKS TO FIREBRANDAL.COM!

    Fire Brand is moving to its much trumpeted layout and location sometime tomorrow. If you haven’t done so yet, please update your bookmarks to FireBrandAL...

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  10. What Sox need to do at the plate, in the field

    IN THE FIELD Tim Wakefield last pitched in a game on September 28, meaning that while he will be extremely well-rested, the potential exists that he will be far too rusty to make a meaningful contribution...

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  11. This year's LCS are more than Rays-Red Sox and Phillies-Dodgers

    Sure, the Rays and Red Sox in the American League and Phillies and Dodgers in the National League are the main event of the League Championship Series round of play but there's one ...

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  12. 10/13: Back at Home

    @ Oct. 13 GAME 3 - ALCS 2008 Matt Garza (0-1, 7...

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  13. 10/13: Back at Home

    @ Oct. 13 GAME 3 - ALCS 2008 Matt Garza (0-1, 7.50 @ Jon Lester (1-0, 0...

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  14. Jacoby Ellsbury or Coco Crisp -- who's our CF?

    Yesterday, I asked if Terry Francona should start Coco Crisp over Jacoby Ellsbury in Game 3, as Coco ended the season hot and Jacoby has been ice cold...

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  15. Jacoby Ellsbury or Coco Crisp — who’s our CF?

    Yesterday, I asked if Terry Francona should start Coco Crisp over Jacoby Ellsbury in Game Three, as Coco ended the season hot and Jacoby has been ice cold...

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  16. TB 9, BOS 8: Homers pace Rays win

    There were plenty of home runs and plenty of excitement in Game 2 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay as the Rays took this one in extras, 11 innings to be exact, 9-8 on a sacrifice-fly from B...

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  17. TB 9, BOS 8: Homers pace Rays win

    There were plenty of home runs and plenty of excitement in Game 2 of the ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay as the Rays took this one in extras, 11 innings to be exact, 9-8 on a sacrifice-fly from B...

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  18. Shutterfly TRIVIA: Best ALCS hitter

    The last trivia question revealed that Jackie Jensen used to hold the major league record of walks with the bases loaded (8) before Carlos Pena this year broke it. The new trivia question: The best ALCS hitter lifetime (min...

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  19. Shutterfly TRIVIA: Best ALCS hitter

    The last trivia question revealed that Jackie Jensen used to hold the major league record of walks with the bases loaded (8) before Carlos Pena this year broke it. The new trivia question: The best ALCS hitter lifetime (min...

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  20. Dice-K, luck lead Sox to 2-0 win; Boston leads the series 1-0

    Welcome to October, Tampa Bay. The Rays and their fans, who created an atmosphere like that of a cicada-infestation with their cowbells echoing throughout Tropicana Field, learned an important lesson in their first ALCS game...

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  21. 10/10: Tampa in October

    Prev. Gm: Boston Red Sox (2-1) @ Tampa Bay Rays (2-1) Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0, 5.40) @ James Shields (1-0, 4.26) 8:37 PM EDT | Tropicana Field (St...

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  22. POLL: Time to bust out your ALCS predictions

    The previous poll asked: Who was the 2008 ALDS MVP? Jon Lester 69% of all votes Jason Bay 27% of all vote Jacoby Ellsbury 2% of all vote J.D...

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  23. Top five Rays/Red Sox moments of 2008

    As Rays and Red Sox fans alike sit with bated breath awaiting tonight’s first pitch by James Shields at the Trop, I thought it apropos to look back at the 2008 season series between ...

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  24. Fireside Chats No.25: Where we preview the ALCS with Tommy Rancel of OPS

    Boston Red Sox podcast for MVN Radio Episode 25 where we preview the ALCS vs. the Tampa Bay Rays with Tommy Rancel of MVN’s Outs Per Swing. Episode No...

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  25. Red Sox Roundtable: Best Infield Alignment?

    Once a week, you’ll hear from numerous Red Sox bloggers on the Internet on a Red Sox related issue, and we’ll aggregate the answers here. Answers are placed in the order they were received...

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