Boston Red Sox defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 2-0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It's only one game.

So how come it already feels like the Red Sox are going to the World Series?

The Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-0, in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series at Tropicana Field last night. It would be prudent to recognize that there's a long way to go before entertaining thoughts of the Fall Classic. The Sox came dangerously close to losing the opener. These things can turn around quickly. It's not over until the fat ...

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - There is time for David Ortiz. In between at-bats, in between trips to the cage, the designated hitter has time to observe the game, and his teammates. His opposition. And that was where he saw the differences. This was no longer the regular season, no longer the time when the Tampa Bay Rays had flattened the Red Sox in Tropicana Field.

Things change in the postseason. To Ortiz, the Rays seemed to change.

"In the regular season it's totally dif...