Thursday, Oct. 4
N.Y. Yankees at Cleveland (6:37 p.m. EDT). A matchup of 19-game winners Chien-Ming Wang of New York and lefty C.C. Sabathia of the Indians.

-Josh Beckett, Red Sox, pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout, leading Boston to a 4-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of the ALDS.
-Brandon Webb, Diamondbacks, allowed four hits and struck out nine in seven innings in a 3-1 victory over the Cubs in Game 1 of the NLDS.

Josh Beckett pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout and, backed by a home run from David Ortiz, led the Boston Red Sox over the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 Wednesday night in their AL playoff opener. Beckett retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single, allowed just four hits and ran his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. The last time he pitched on such a stage, he blanked the New York Yankees to clinch the '03 Series for Florida.

Brandon Webb shut down the Chicago Cubs with his superb sinker, and the Arizona Diamondbacks got home runs from two of their kids in a 3-1 victory Wednesday night in their NL playoff opener. Stephen Drew homered in the fourth off Chicago ace Carlos Zambrano, who was pulled after six innings and only 85 pitches. Right after he left, Mark Reynolds homered on the fourth pitch from reliever Carlos Marmol to break a 1-all tie in the seventh.

Matt Holliday hit a solo home run in Colorado's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Monday and the Rockies won for the 15th time in 16 games and got the second playoff victory in the franchise's 15-year history, after one in 1995.

The first four hitters in Philadelphia's batting order combined to go 0-for-15 with 12 Ks in a 4-2 loss to Colorado on Monday. Chase Utley, a .332 hitter, struck out four times for the second time this year and Ryan Howard was 0-for-4, fanning three times as the Rockies took a 1-0 series lead.

Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series for the first time since 1982. Team president Mark Lamping said Jocketty's departure with a year remaining on his contract was a mutual decision, and that he'd be paid. Jocketty oversaw the team as it made seven postseason appearances, one of the best stretches in franchise history, and hired current manager Tony La Russa in 1996.

``He's a guy that wants to be great. He doesn't want to be pretty good. He wants to be the best guy that takes the mound. That's what you want from your ace.'' - Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell on Josh Beckett, who pitched his second consecutive postseason shutout, leading Boston over the Los Angeles Angels 4-0 Wednesday night in their AL playoff opener.

Oct. 4
1906 - The Chicago Cubs won their 116th game of 152 played for a winning percentage (.763) since unmatched. The Cubs were 60-15 on the road for an .800 winning percentage.
1925 - Fans saw the unusual spectacle of two managers, both famous hitters, pitch against each other in the season finale. Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers threw one perfect inning and George Sisler of the St. Louis Browns worked two scoreless in Detroit's 11-6 victory.
1948 - The Cleveland Indians beat the Boston Red Sox 8-3 in a one-game AL playoff. The pitching of Gene Bearden and the hitting of Lou Boudreau led to the championship victory.
1955 - The Brooklyn Dodgers won their first World Series with Johnny Podres blanking the Yankees 2-0.
1964 - The St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL pennant with an 11-5 triumph over the New York Mets to end the closest pennant race in NL history.
1969 - The major leagues staged their first divisional championships as the New York Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 9-5 and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 in 12 innings in the opening games.
1987 - The Detroit Tigers took advantage of one of the great collapses in baseball history to win the AL East title, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 behind the six-hit pitching of Frank Tanana. The Blue Jays lost their last seven games of the season, including three straight in the season-ending series in Detroit.
1999 - The New York Mets, behind the strong pitching of Al Leiter, clinched the last remaining postseason berth by beating the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 in a one-game playoff for the NL wild card.
2001 - Texas' Alex Rodriguez hit his 52nd homer in a 16-1 loss at Seattle to become the fourth player with 50 home runs and 200 hits in the same season, joining Babe Ruth (1921), Hack Wilson (1930) and Jimmie Foxx (1932).
2005 - Reggie Sanders hit a grand slam and set an NL division series record with six RBIs to help St. Louis beat San Diego 8-5 in the first game of their division series.
Today's birthdays: Jered Weaver 25, Tony Gwynn Jr. 25; Kyle Lohse 29.

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