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World Series: news
Astros vs. White Sox
10/26, GAME 4:  White Sox 1, Astros 0  Wrap >
Sox brush off hex of history with sweep
Ozzie Guillen
By Scott Merkin /
The White Sox capped an 11-1 playoff run to their first World Series championship in 88 years with a four-game streak past the Astros. Chicago got more incredible pitching in the finale from Freddy Garcia and the bullpen, and a late RBI single from Series MVP Jermaine Dye to put away the NL champions once and for all. Full story >
• Bauman: White Sox reach the top• Press Row: 'Good guys' win it all
• Thrilling Series symbolic, says Selig• World Series '06: Who's next?
• Singer: Sox have style all their own• Front and Central: WS trend halted
• Emotions finally let out after sweep• Closest 4-0 World Series sweeps
• Latino Legends team announced• Jones, Ortiz win Aaron Award
• Secada, Lovett perform in Game 4• World Series Game 4 postgame notes
• writers blog the World Series• Timlin: White Sox destined to win
• World Series Game 4 pregame notes• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox
 Houston Astros news
• Astros drop Game 4 to end season
• Schlegel: Fond memories will prevail
• Future looks bright for Astros
• Lidge takes tough series in stride
• Astros hope Clemens will return
• Bagwell, Biggio enjoyed the Series
• Burke: You have to tip your hat
• Ensberg: A year of growth
• Astros notes: Garner not mad at players
• There's definitely a buzz in Houston
• Phil Garner postgame interview
• Craig Biggio pregame interview
• Phil Garner pregame interview
 Chicago White Sox news
• How sweep it is for White Sox!
• White Sox GM never stopped believin'
• For Guillen, a means to an end
• Dye takes MVP for the team
• No fear: Uribe goes head over heels
• Garcia strong-arms Sox to title
• Thomas' legacy includes championship
• On the South Side, fans rejoice
• White Sox fans unite to celebrate
• Trip to Houston was worth it for Sox fans
• Joyous Sox fans found in Wrigleyville
• White Sox notes: Blum soaks it all in
• It was a different 'world' in 1917
• 1917 White Sox no longer live in obscurity
• Could El Duque become reliever?
• SCOTT REIFERT: Inside the White Sox
• Widger: Being part of something special
• Ozzie Guillen postgame interview
• Jermaine Dye postgame interview
• Ozzie Guillen pregame interview
• Jose Contreras pregame interview

10/25, GAME 3:  White Sox 7, Astros 5  Wrap >
Blum's homer seals marathon Sox win
Geoff Blum
By Scott Merkin /
Geoff Blum hit a solo home run in the 14th inning to help the White Sox beat the Astros, 7-5, at Minute Maid Park in the longest World Series game in history. The win places the White Sox one victory away from their first world championship in 88 years. Full story >
• Bauman: Destiny wearing white socks• Timlin: A familiar position
• Schlegel: Astros face huge task• Skippers say teams are set for Game 4
• Starters focal point of critical Game 4• Game 3 goes to record lengths
• World Series extra-inning games• Closest 3-0 lead in World Series history
• Minute Maid Park roof open for Game 3• Smoltz honored with Clemente Award
• Baseball could return to Olympics• Hurricane survivor attends first game
• Ryan makes another big pitch in Texas• World Series Game 3 postgame notes
• writers blog the World Series• World Series Game 3 pregame notes
• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox
 Houston Astros news
• Astros drop Game 3 in 14 innings
• Astros' bullpen performs admirably
• Ensberg: Another game got away
• Missed chances haunt Astros
• One rough inning costs Oswalt
• Backe tries to continue big-game magic
• Burke: Another frustrating loss
• Astros notes: Clemens questionable
• Phil Garner postgame interview
• Backe's pregame interview
• Phil Garner pregame interview
 Chicago White Sox news
• Blum homer gives White Sox 3-0 lead
• Blum leaves former teammates glum
• Widger: Bench players come through
• Buehrle makes history with save
• 'Pen holds Astros with group hug
• Garland rebounds from rocky start
• El Duque comes up big, then goes down
• White Sox sitting pretty with 3-0 lead
• Chicago socks its way back into Game 3
• Well-rested Garcia has itch to clinch
• Rowand: There's more work to do
• White Sox notes: Konerko top priority
• SCOTT REIFERT: Inside the White Sox
• Geoff Blum postgame interview
• Ozzie Guillen postgame interview
• Garcia's pregame interview
• Ozzie Guillen pregame interview

10/24, OFF-DAY:
Astros look for Oswalt to again answer the call
Garland, Oswalt
By Mike Bauman /
The bad news is the Astros trail the White Sox in the World Series, 2-0. The good news is they return home for Tuesday's night Game 3, with Roy Oswalt's nearly impossible-to-hit arsenal taking center stage on the Minute Maid Park pitching mound. He'll be opposed by well-rested 18-game winner Jon Garland for red-hot Chicago, 9-1 in the playoffs. Full story >
• Schlegel: Closing the door on Game 2• Astros, Sox linked despite droughts
• Bauman: Garner has 'Scrap Iron' mentality• writers blog the Series
• Series program remains hot seller• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox
 Houston Astros news
• Home park gives Astros big edge
• Astros call on their stopper, Oswalt
• Dierker: It hurts just watching Clemens
• Astros notes: No word yet on roof
• Astros out to put playoff history into past
• Roy Oswalt off-day interview
• Phil Garner off-day interview
 Chicago White Sox news
• Guillen apologizes for unruly Sox fan
• Chicago unfazed by National League play
• Rested Garland set for big-time matchup
• White Sox prodigies learn the ropes
• White Sox notes: Everett sits at NL park
• Mike Timlin: White Sox in good position
• Jon Garland off-day interview
• Ozzie Guillen off-day interview
• SCOTT REIFERT: Inside the White Sox

10/23, GAME 2:  White Sox 7, Astros 6  Wrap >
Podsednik's walk-off homer spurs Sox
Scott Podsednik
By Scott Merkin /
Scott Podsednik's walk-off home run against Houston closer Brad Lidge gave the White Sox a 7-6 win Sunday night and a 2-0 lead in their search for the franchise's first World Series title since 1917. Jose Vizcaino delivered a two-run, pinch-hit single in the top of the ninth to propel the Astros into a short-lived tie. Full story >
• Game 2 one of baseball's magical moments• Bauman: Indescribable script
• Schlegel: Astros down, but not out• Look familiar? Series mirroring 2004
• Game 3 preview: Astros call on Oswalt• writers blog the Series
• Podsednik joins short list of walk-off heroes• Umpires pay tribute to Charlie Williams
• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox• World Series Game 2 postgame notes
• World Series Game 2 pregame notes
 Houston Astros news
• Astros drop Game 2 on walk-off homer
• Confident Lidge won't change his approach
• Vizcaino almost the hero for Astros
• Hard-luck Pettitte gives his all in Game 2
• Astros Game 2 analysis
• Ensberg: 'Stros thrive on adversity
• Press Row: Unlikely end to Game 2
• Burke: Time for a shave
• Astros notes: Roof may be open
• Clemens remains up in air for Game 5
• Phil Garner postgame interview
• Jeff Bagwell pregame interview
• Phil Garner pregame interview
• Jim Hickey pregame interview
 Chicago White Sox news
• Podsednik's tater lifts White Sox in ninth
• Aye, Pods: Homer is sweet music
• Konerko's grand slam arrived apropos
• This time, Sox save Jenks
• White Sox Game 2 analysis
• Widger: Picking up a teammate
• Crede is now a big hit -- with fans
• White Sox are close to perfection
• Rowand: You can't explain it
• White Sox notes: Speed keyed success
• Jackson throws first pitch to Ventura
• For Skowron, Series is old hat -- with rings
• Sox in Series a true lifelong dream for some
• Sox fan Wennington 'center' of attention
• SCOTT REIFERT: Inside the White Sox
• Podsednik, Konerko postgame interview
• Ozzie Guillen postgame interview
• Ozzie Guillen pregame interview
• Jermaine Dye pregame interview

10/22, GAME 1:  White Sox 5, Astros 3  Wrap >
Crede, bullpen brand Game 1 win
Joe Crede
By Scott Merkin /
The White Sox 5-3 victory over the Astros before 41,206 fans in Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field certainly was worth the time off. Bobby Jenks earned his third postseason save and Joe Crede sparkled at third base and slammed the go-ahead homer in the fourth. Full story >
• Bauman: Moving toward history• Schlegel: Managers push right buttons
• Game 2 preview: Pettitte faces pressure• Series matchup hits home with Selig
• Bunting remains baseball tradition• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox
• Seasoned vet Groban sings anthem• writers blog the Series
• World Series Game 1 postgame notes• World Series Game 1 pregame notes
 Houston Astros news
• Astros drop tightly contested Game 1
• Astros struggle to drive in runners
• Strained hamstring sidelines Rocket
• Pettitte prepared for cold, wet Game 2 start
• Ensberg: Many missed opportunities
• Astros' Rodriguez steps up in emergency
• Astros Game 1 analysis
• Burke: We had our chances
• Astros notes: Bagwell lobbied to DH
• Roger Clemens postgame interview
• Phil Garner postgame interview
• Pettitte's pregame interview
• Phil Garner pregame interview
 Chicago White Sox news
• Crede, bullpen brand Game 1 win
• Crede has a field day in opener
• No jinx, just Jenks and Cotts in Game 1
• Widger: Relievers rose to occasion
• Timlin: Spotlight shines on Crede
• Contreras settles down after rough start
• White Sox Game 1 analysis
• Rowand: A dream come true
• Buehrle looks to set pace in Game 2
• Announcer Harrelson back 'on the board'
• White Sox notes: Finally, game time
• White Sox legend Aparicio pays visit
• essay winner takes dad to Game 1
• Joe Crede postgame interview
• Jenks, Cotts postgame interview
• Ozzie Guillen postgame interview
• Buehrle's pregame interview
• Guillen, Aparicio pregame interview

Clemens, Contreras on collision course
Clemens, Contreras
The World Series gets under way Saturday night in Chicago, with the Astros giving the ball to future Hall of Famer Roger Clemens, while the host White Sox go with a streaking Jose Contreras amid what promises to be an electric atmosphere at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox have not been in a World Series for 46 years. The Astros have never been in a World Series in their 43-year history. 
• Garner has heated history with Sox• Mother Nature to visit Fall Classic
• Konerko, Ensberg are mirror images• White Sox-Astros World Series good for baseball
• Astros, White Sox pitch Classic script• Another Wild Card club seeks title
• How they match up: Position players | Pitchers• Houston, Chicago: Tale of two cities
• Astros-White Sox quick hits• Drought-busters: Ending the WS slump
• writers go blogging• Monthly recaps: Astros | White Sox
• Fan blogs: Astros | White Sox
 Houston Astros news
• Bauman: Fitting to have Rocket on hill
• Rocket set to blast off Fall Classic
• Roger Clemens' World Series starts
• Garner mum on who'll be Astros' DH
• Astros notes: For many, first Fall Classic
• Burke: A whole new level
• Ex-Astros GM Hunsicker cheering team on
• Roger Clemens off-day interview
• Brad Lidge off-day interview
• Phil Garner off-day interview
• Fans knock socks off to support 'Stros
• Purpura's present and past set to clash
• Lidge never lost faith in Astros
• Astros look ahead to White Sox
• Press Row: Stage set for Game 1
• Astros notes: Bagwell speaks, team listens
• Batting Around with Jeff Bagwell
• City of Houston going wild over 'Stros
• Molony: Astros write new chapter
• Biggio and Bagwell's long wait ends
• Burke: World Series, here we come
• Old-time Astros celebrate victory
• Ensberg: On to Chicago
• Houston, we have a pennant!
• Oswalt wins NLCS MVP for his father
• McLane, Astros vindicated in St. Louis
• Astros' Lane hits big homer in Game 6
• Ausmus comes up big in Game 6
• Astros postseason recap: NLDS | NLCS
• How the Astros were built
• Buy Astros NL Champs gear
 Chicago White Sox news
• Contreras now shining in spotlight
• Timlin: White Sox are tough
• Reinsdorf enjoys title talk
• Chicago euphoric with Sox fever
• Sox notes: Big Hurt, Bags must watch
• Rowand: Waiting for the buzz to hit
• White Sox prepared for formidable trio
• Pierzynski: Love him, love him not
• Sox reserves well rested
• Rested or rusty? White Sox bullpen ready
• Press Row: Stage set for Game 1
• Sox haven't stopped 'Believin''
• White Sox notes: Contreras ready
• Bauman: Sox full of chemistry
• Sox staff drawing lofty comparisons
• Cooper shows Sox pitchers how to shine
• Go-Go song revival a hit with fans
• Bauman: A World Series kinda town
• Class of '59 toasts 2005 White Sox
• White Sox notes: Rotation stays same
• Preparations in place for World Series
• Mr. Clutch: Crede's reputation growing
• Bauman: Sox to ride the hot hand
• Sox ALCS pitching: Unabridged history
• South Side Story: Sox in the World Series
• White Sox postseason recap: NLDS | NLCS
• How the White Sox were built
• Buy White Sox AL champs gear

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