Rays-White Sox Game 4 tidbits
Quick facts from Tampa Bay's 6-2 victory over Chicago
Heating up: The two home runs by Rays center fielder B.J. Upton in Game 4 gave him three long balls in a span of four at-bats, dating back to Game 3. Prior to his two-run homer in the seventh inning on Sunday, Upton had only one homer in his previous 114 at-bats -- a power outage that spanned 31 games. Upton became the 110th player to hit two home runs in a playoff game, and the fourth this week. The others were the Phillies' Pat Burrell, the Angels' Mike Napoli, and Rays teammate Evan Longoria.
Cooling off: Longoria started his postseason career with three hits -- two home runs and a single in Game 1 -- but since then he is 1-for-12 with six strikeouts.
Early hook: Gavin Floyd's fourth-inning exit was the shortest outing by a White Sox starter in the postseason since Jason Bere and Jack McDowell both lasted 2 1/3 innings in Games 4 and 5 of the 1993 American League Championship Series at Toronto.
Wise move: The White Sox had just two hits for multiple RBIs in their series against the Rays. Both of them came from Dewayne Wise, who hit a three-run homer in Game 1 and doubled in two runs in Game 3.
Not like Jim: This was Jim Thome's first postseason series without a home run since the 1997 ALCS with the Indians against the Orioles. He had homered in his last five playoff series, including four homers each in the 1998 ALCS and 1999 AL Division Series. Thome has hit home runs in eight of his 12 career postseason series.
Central is MIA: Neither LCS will include a team from the Central division, the first time that has happened since 2001 and just the third time since the three-division postseason format went into effect in 1995. The other year was 1999.
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