Rays Win 6-2, Earn ALCS Berth

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 6, 2008 7:49 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett leaps over Chicago White Sox's Paul Konerko in Game 4 of the AL division baseball series Monday, Oct. 6, 2008, in Chicago.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – B.J. Upton and these Tampa Bay Rays are headed home — to get ready for the American League championship series. Worst in the majors last year, the Rays will play for a spot in the World Series after finishing off the Chicago White Sox 6-2 today in Game 4 of the AL playoffs. Ray-markable!

Upton homered twice, Andy Sonnanstine pitched a solid 5 2/3 innings and manager Joe Maddon's surprising Rays won 3-1 in the best-of-five series — their first trip to the postseason. Next up, the Boston Red Sox or the Los Angeles Angels starting Friday. The loss dashed Chicago's hope for a championship — only days ago, local fans were thinking the Cubs and White Sox might meet in a Windy City Classic.