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Playoff Fever Runs High in Chicago

Players on both teams will tell you it's premature to expect a Crosstown World Series in Chicago.   But fans on both sides of town are convinced "It's Gonna Happen!"

The fever pitch reached a boiling point at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night as the White Sox played their way into playoffs with a dramatic one-run victory over the Minnesota Twins to  capture the American League Central Division Championship.

They made history by winning their last three games  against three different opponents. The Sox will begin their quest for the American League pennant against the Rays in Tampa Thursday afternoon. Game time is 1:30 p.m. CDT.

While the White Sox won it all in 2005, the Cubs are determined to end a 100-year drought. They begin their post-season challenge this evening, hosting the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. Game time is 5:30 p.m. CDT.

Manager, Lou Piniella, will send Ryan Dempster to the mound to start the series. Dempster predicted at the beginning of spring training that the Cubs would win the World Series this year. Piniella said, "We know what everybody in the city wants and we are going to try to give it to them."

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