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From The Cell

Here we go, Game 4, Tampa and Chicago. The ChiSox feel like they're riding a wave heading into this one. First of all, they're a different team at The Cell -- 54-28 (.659) this season, third-best in the AL. Second of all, they're starting 17-game winner Gavin Floyd, in a spot where normally a team exposes its weakest pitching link. Then, and perhaps most importantly, the ChiSox are playing yet another elimination game. This year, they've already won all four prior games where losing meant going home.

"They have more pressure," Ozzie Guillen said. "I told the guys, 'Don't wake up the dog. Because you never know what's going to happen."

Tampa Manager Joe Maddon responded, and roundly rejected the theory.

"I just believe it's another game for us. It's really nice that - every game there's a certain amount of pressure... We strive not to create any more weight on any particular game. I just want our guys to go out there and play the same. It's always semantics and always about perception in regard to how people want to identify a particular moment. So for me, that's beautiful that Ozzie would want to throw that in our direction. I love him."

Now, the lineups...


Iwamura - 4
Upton - 8
Pena - 3
Longoria - 5
Crawford - 7
Floyd - DH
Navarro - 2
Gross - 9
Bartlett - 6
(Sonnanstine - 1)


Cabrera - 6
Pierzynski - 2
Dye - 9
Thome - DH
Konerko - 3
Griffey Jr. - 8
Ramirez - 4
Wise - 7
Uribe - 5
(Floyd - 1)

By Chico Harlan  |  October 6, 2008; 4:30 PM ET
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um, which team would be the canine?

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 6, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Ummm, Ozzie, maybe you should have woken up your dogs.

Posted by: ce | October 6, 2008 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Woof woof!

Posted by: natsfan1a | October 7, 2008 6:55 AM | Report abuse

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