Tampa Bay Rays defeat Boston Red Sox, 3-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It feels like Super Bowl XLII all over again.

History derailed. Again.

The Red Sox were going to the World Series. They stole Game 5 at Fenway last week, then overwhelmed the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night. When Dustin Pedroia homered in the first inning of Game 7 last night, the young Rays were ready to fold. Jon Lester had a perfect game and a 1-0 lead after three.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Red Sox had come down here saying that, through all these miracles and moments, they were fortunate. They were spoiled. They had done the impossible, and then done it again. But there, on the turf of Tropicana Field, was where it would end for this season. As far as they had returned from the depths, they would not make it all the way back.

There would be no happy ending this time. No champagne-splashed comeback, no history made. With the odds...