Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers became the first starting pitcher since Roger Clemens of the Red Sox 25 years ago to take home both league Cy Young and MVP awards in the same season.
Theo Epstein was revered in Boston for helping to bring the city its first World Series since 1918. Now, Theo Epstein is set to try to do the same in Chicago after enduring a disastrous Red Sox season.
Boston Red Sox lead Tampa Bay by two games in the wild-card standings. The Rays were idle; they open a four-game series against the first-place New York Yankees on Tuesday.
The series was a validation of the $423 million that the Yankee owner spent in the offseason.