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Tuesday, 02 October 2007 00:24
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 SCOREBOARD
Tuesday, Oct. 2
No games scheduled. The playoffs begin Wednesday.

STAR
Monday
- Matt Holliday, Rockies, tripled in the 13th inning to tie the game, then scored the winning run for a 9-8 win that put Colorado in the postseason for the first time since 1995.

ROCKIES MOUNTAIN HIGH
Colorado won for the 14th time in 15 games, defeating San Diego 9-8 in 13 innings in a one-game playoff for the NL wild-card spot Monday night. The Rockies, who are headed to the postseason for the first time since 1995, will face NL East champion Philadelphia in the first round on Wednesday.

HOLLIDAY: IN
Colorado outfielder Matt Holliday added to his candidacy for NL MVP in the Rockies' 13-inning, 9-8 win over San Diego for the NL wild-card spot Monday night. Holliday went 2-for-6 to win the NL batting title at .340 and drove in two runs to take the league RBI crown with 137, one more than Philadelphia's Ryan Howard.

TRIPLE THREAT
For the second time in three days, San Diego reliever Trevor Hoffman, the career saves leader (524), was within outs of getting San Diego to the postseason. Hoffman gave up three runs in the 13th inning, and San Diego lost to Colorado 9-8 in the NL wild-card tiebreaker Monday night. It was the seventh blown save in 49 tries this season for Hoffman, who was one strike away from clinching a playoff spot on Saturday when Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a tying triple for Milwaukee, which went on to win 4-3 in 11 innings.

SPEAKING
``It's not going to be easy to deal with. People don't want to hear that. They want to see execution and their ballclub moving forward. That didn't happen tonight for one glaring reason - that was me.'' - San Diego reliever Trevor Hoffman after giving up three runs in the 13th inning that gave a Colorado 9-8 win in the NL wild-card tiebreaker Monday night.

SEASONS
Oct. 3
1897 - Cap Anson closed out a remarkable 27-year career, which started in the National Association in 1871. He hit two home runs against St. Louis. He was 46, the oldest player to homer in the majors.
1946 - The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League pennant by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 8-4 and sweeping the best-of-three playoff.
1947 - Floyd Bevens of the Yankees held the Dodgers hitless until two were out in the ninth, when pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto doubled in two runs for a 3-2 Brooklyn victory in the fourth game of the World Series.
1951 - Bobby Thomson hit a three-run homer off Ralph Branca of the Brooklyn Dodgers with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the New York Giants a dramatic 5-4 playoff victory and the National League pennant.
1962 - The San Francisco Giants rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to win the third game of the tie-breaking playoffs, 6-4, over the Los Angeles Dodgers and move on to the World Series.
1971 - Bob Robertson's three home runs led the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-4 trouncing of the San Francisco Giants, tying the National League playoffs at 1-1.
1987 - Benito Santiago's 34-game hitting streak, a rookie record, ended as the San Diego Padres snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
1990 - George Brett became the first player to win a batting title in three different decades. Brett went 1-for-1 in Kansas City's 5-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians to win the American League title with a .329 average. Brett also won AL titles in 1976 and 1980.
1990 - Willie McGee became the first player to win a batting title in a league in which he didn't finish the season. McGee, who had a .335 average when St. Louis traded him to Oakland on Aug. 28, won his second National League crown when Dave Magadan of the New York Mets failed to catch him on the season's final day.
1993 - The Toronto Blue Jays became the first team in American League history to have teammates finish 1-2-3 in the batting race. John Olerud led the league with a .363 batting average. Paul Molitor finished at .332 and Roberto Alomar closed the year at .326.
1999 - On the final day of the season, Mark McGwire hit his 65th home run, moving past Ted Williams and Willie McCovey into 10th place on the career list with 522. McGwire finished with a two-homer edge over Chicago's Sammy Sosa, who hit his 63rd in the same game.
2002 - Alex Cabrera hit his 55th home run, tying the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by Tuffy Rhodes in 2001. Cabrera ended the season with 55 homers.
2006 - Frank Thomas went 3-for-4, hitting two home runs to send Oakland to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota. The 38-year-old Thomas became the oldest player to have a multihomer game in postseason history.
Today's birthdays: Matt Murton 26; Eric Munson 30; Dave Winfield 56.
 

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