Cooling off: Longoria started his postseason career with three hits -- two home runs and a single in Game 1 -- but since then he is 1-for-12 with six strikeouts.
Early hook: Gavin Floyd's fourth-inning exit was the shortest outing by a White Sox starter in the postseason since Jason Bere and Jack McDowell both lasted 2 1/3 innings in Games 4 and 5 of the 1993 American League Championship Series at Toronto.
Wise move: The White Sox had just two hits for multiple RBIs in their series against the Rays. Both of them came from Dewayne Wise, who hit a three-run homer in Game 1 and doubled in two runs in Game 3.
Not like Jim: This was Jim Thome's first postseason series without a home run since the 1997 ALCS with the Indians against the Orioles. He had homered in his last five playoff series, including four homers each in the 1998 ALCS and 1999 AL Division Series. Thome has hit home runs in eight of his 12 career postseason series.
Central is MIA: Neither LCS will include a team from the Central division, the first time that has happened since 2001 and just the third time since the three-division postseason format went into effect in 1995. The other year was 1999.