It's a matchup of the reigning World Series champs and the team with the longest Fall Classic drought in the American League. Boston, fresh off its first World Series win since 1918, faces the White Sox, who haven't finished on top since 1917. The Red Sox won the season series, 4-3, with a series win at Fenway Park and a four-game split at U.S. Cellular Field. Six of the seven games were decided by three runs or fewer and four of those were decided by two or fewer.

July 21: Red Sox 6, White Sox 5
U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago's Joe Crede dropped a foul pop up from Manny Ramirez in the ninth and Boston's slugger homered on the following pitch. Curt Schilling picked up his first victory as a reliever since 1992.

July 22: White Sox 8, Red Sox 4
U.S. Cellular Field

Tim Wakefield gave up two-out, three-run home runs to both A.J. Pierzynski and Juan Uribe in the sixth inning. Chicago starter Jon Garland became the first 15-game winner in the Majors.

July 23: Red Sox 3, White Sox 0
U.S. Cellular Field

Starter Wade Miller pitched seven shutout innings and picked up his first win since May 30. Ramirez and Jason Varitek homered in the vicotry.

July 24: White Sox 6, Red Sox 4
U.S. Cellular Field

David Ortiz and Varitek both homered, but Boston stranded 11 runners to split the series in Chicago. Tadahito Iguchi went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the White Sox.

Aug. 12: Red Sox 9, White Sox 8
Fenway Park

Ortiz broke a 5-5 tie with a leadoff homer in the seventh and then added a three-run shot in the eighth.

Aug. 13: Red Sox 7, White Sox 4
Fenway Park

The Red Sox scored five runs in 5 1/3 innings against Chicago starter Jon Garland. Boston's Roberto Petagine had a homer and two RBIs in the victory.

Sept. 5: White Sox 5, Red Sox 3
Fenway Park

The White Sox traveled to Fenway Park for a Labor Day makeup game after the Aug. 14 contest against Boston was rained out. Chicago rookie Brandon McCarthy gave up no runs and struck out seven in seven innings.