Red Sox banking on Beckett's October brilliance in Game 3
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BREWERS, RED SOX RELYING ON PITCHERS' POSTSEASON PROWESS
By Mark Simon, ESPN ResearchA look ahead to Sunday's games: Phillies at Brewers, 1:07 p.m. ET
|2004 NLDS Game 4||Beat Dodgers to clinch series (7 IP, 2 R)|
|2004 NLCS Game 7||Beat Roger Clemens, Astros to clinch series (6 IP, 2 R)|
|2006 NLCS Game 3||Homered, pitched 8 shutout innings in win vs. Mets|
|2006 NLCS Game 7||No-decision vs. Mets in win (7 IP, 1 R)|
|Note: Includes three starts of 6-plus innings pitched without allowing a run|
Career as Starter in Postseason
|* -- >> League ERA in postseason during pitchers career, according to Elias Sports Bureau, according to Elias Sports Bureau|
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WHITE SOX NOT DEAD YET
By Rob Neyer, ESPN.comEditor's note: This is excerpted from Neyer's blog, which can be found here : I don't believe the White Sox are dead. Not quite yet. Are the Rays fundamentally better than the White Sox? Yeah, they probably are. The Rays outscored their opponents this season by 103 runs; the White Sox outscored theirs by 82 runs. Although their respective hitting and pitching/defense stats are roughly equivalent, the Rays certainly played in the tougher division.
MANNY, TORRE CELEBRATE IN L.A.
THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY (OCT. 5)
1997: Beating Mariano
It's the 11th anniversary of Game 4 of the 1997 ALDS when, with the Yankees on the verge of clinching the series, Sandy Alomar Jr. hit an eighth-inning, game-tying home run off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. Omar Vizquel won the game with a hit in the ninth that evened the series at two. The Indians won Game 5 the next day to take the series.
Red Sox starter Jim Lonborg retired the first 19 batters of the game. Lonborg ended up with 6 1/3 perfect innings and 7 2/3 no-hit innings. He pitched a one-hit shutout as the Red Sox beat the Cardinals in Game 2 of the World Series. 1947: Oh, Doctor!
One of the best Web gems in postseason history took place 61 years ago in the World Series when Brooklyn outfielder Al Gionfriddo made a running, reaching one-hand catch against the bullpen to rob Joe DiMaggio of an extra-base hit and quite possibly a home run.