Sunday October 06, 2013 | 07:10 AM

Greetings from Manchester Airport. Headed for Tampa.

I know its trendy for sports media types (especially in radio) to come off at know-it-alls, guaranteeing victories and defeats, declaring when teams are done.

Many of them had a field day after the Yankees won Game 3 of the 2004 ALCS.


Bring this up of course because the Red Sox are ahead 2-0 in a best-of-5 series against the Rays.

Already heard complaints about Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon saying "I'm really looking forward to Game 5 here."

But it was not arrogance. He was simply not giving up. Or, as Dustin Pedroia replied, "that's what he's supposed to say."

The Rays do look in trouble, though, mainly because the Red Sox got to their ace, David Price.

In 2008, Boston beat then-ace James Shields in Game 1 of the ALCS. But that was only the first game of a best-of-7 series.

This Boston team is deeper with its pitching. And up 2-0 with one win to go is a very good situation.

But as David Ortiz said in today's game story, "it's not over."

You also might want to check out today's column and notebook.

Thanks for reading. Hope to check back later from F-L-A.



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Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.

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