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The Angels completed their sweep of the Red Sox today to advance to the ALCS.  The Angels were down 5-2 in the eighth inning, and proceeded to score two in the eighth and three in the ninth inning to complete an improbable 7-6 comeback win.  Vladimir Guerrero, who hit .400 in the series, had the two-out, two-run single off Jonathan Papelbon in the ninth to give the Angels their first lead of the game.  Papelbon, who had never given up a run in 26 career postseason innings, gave up two inherited runs in the eighth, and all three runs in the ninth to take the loss.

This marks the first time that both the Dodgers and Angels are in their respective league championship series in the same season.  Southern California has never been closer to a freeway series.

Now, we need to root for the Twins to win three straight against the Yankees, for this reason:  Friday has two games on the MLB schedule, Game 1 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the NLCS.  If the Yankees win, they will host the first two games of the ALCS, and would almost certainly take the prime time slot on Friday, leaving the day game to Dodger Stadium, although there is a good chance the time slots have already been determined no matter what.  If you look at TV listings for Friday, TBS has blocked off the 1:30pm slot for NLCS Game 2 (thanks to BHSportsGuy for the tip).