It looks like the late season surge of the Tampa Bay Rays was no fluke as they stayed hot with a easy 9-0 win over the Texas Rangers in Game 1. Kelly Shoppach homered twice and drove in five runs, Johnny Damon also homered and Tampa Bay dominated the whole way. The Rays started a 22-year old rookie pitcher named Matt Moore. He was able to keep the Rangers in check and the Rays bats came alive early and often for them.
Texas will have to hope for better luck in Game 2 as they do not want to go down 2-0 in this series against the Rays. Tampa Bay plays well at home, so getting the series even right now should be foremost on the minds of the Rangers. It will be tough as the Rays will be starting James Shields another tough Rays pitcher.