Dice-K Muzzles Rays in ALCS Opener

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 10, 2008 11:29 PM CDT
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Dioner Navarro checks on Boston Red Sox's J.D. Drew after Drew was hit by a pitch Game 1 of the AL championship series in St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, Oct. 10, 2008.    (Chris O'Meara)
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(Newser) – Unhittable most of the game, Daisuke Matsuzaka and the Boston Red Sox taught Tampa Bay all about dominant postseason pitching, the AP reports. Matsuzaka took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and the defending World Series champions played a little better in every way, beating the Rays 2-0 tonight in the opener of the AL championship series.

Jed Lowrie snapped a scoreless tie with a sacrifice fly and Kevin Youkilis drove home another run with a seventh-inning double off left fielder Carl Crawford's glove as the playoff-savvy Red Sox beat baseball's best home team on its own turf. Jonathan Papelbon closed out Boston's team-record sixth straight postseason road win. Now the upstart Rays, who held off Boston for the AL East title, are the ones doing the chasing.