SCOREBOARD
Monday, Oct. 8
Boston at Los Angeles (9:37 p.m. EDT, if necessary). The Angels look to face Josh Beckett in Game 4.

STARS
Saturday
-Jeff Baker, Rockies, hit a pinch-hit, tiebreaking single with two outs in the eighth inning to lead Colorado to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and complete a three-game sweep.

ON TO THE NLCS
the young Diamondbacks are headed to the NL championship series for the second time in the franchise's 10-year history. The previous time they made it this far they went all the way, beating the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series.

99 plus
After the Cubs' 5-1 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday night, it's 99 years and counting since their last World Series title. Even a return to Wrigley Field and its raucous fans couldn't get Chicago's bats out of a series-long slumber. Chicago went from worst-to-first in Piniella's first season as manager, and the team's long-suffering fans were ecstatic after a late surge to the NL Central title. But just when they started to get excited about ending the drought, the Cubs went down in a first-round sweep.

TRIBUTE
Jake and Joey Coolbaugh, the young sons of Colorado Rockies minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh, who was killed by a line drive on July 22, trotted out to the mound with their uncle, Scott Coolbaugh before the Rockies' 2-1 win on Saturday night, and bounced their pitches in front of home plate. The crowd gave them as much applause as when the Rockies took the field. Mike Coolbaugh's Tulsa Drillers jersey was hung in the Rockies' dugout. Earlier this week, Rockies players voted to give a full playoff share to the family.

STRONG IN DEFEAT
Philadelphia's Jamie Moyer allowed just one run and five hits in six innings in a 2-1 loss to the Rockies on Saturday night.

SPEAKING
``How about that? Nobody expected the Diamondbacks and Rockies to be in the National League championship this year. But here we are.'' - Colorado rookie Troy Tulowitzki, after the Rockies completed a three-game sweep of the Phillies with a 2-1 win on Saturday night.

SEASONS
Oct. 8
1908 - The Chicago Cubs won the NL pennant when Mordecai Brown beat Christy Mathewson 4-2 in the playoff of the disputed game Sept. 23 when Fred Merkle failed to touch second base.
1929 - Howard Ehmke, a surprise starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, struck out 13 Chicago Cubs to win the opening game of the World Series 3-1.
1956 - Don Larsen of the New York Yankees pitched the only perfect game in World Series history for a 2-0 triumph over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Sal Maglie, the opposing pitcher, gave up five hits.
1961 - The Yankees' Whitey Ford set a World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings by extending his streak to 32 innings in a 7-0 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4.
1973 - Rusty Staub's two home runs powered the New York Mets to a 9-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds and a 2-1 lead in the NLCS. Pete Rose of the Reds and Bud Harrelson of the Mets scuffled at second base in the fifth inning after Rose slid hard into the base.
1986 - Mike Scott equaled a playoff record with 14 strikeouts and threw a five-hitter as the Houston Astros defeated the New York Mets 1-0 in the first game of the NLCS. Glenn Davis opened the second inning with a home run off Dwight Gooden.
2000 - Bobby J. Jones pitched the sixth complete game one-hitter in postseason history as the Mets eliminated the Giants with a 4-0 win in Game 4 of their NL division series. It was the first one-hit shutout in the postseason since Boston's Jim Lonborg beat St. Louis in the 1967 World Series.
Today's birthday: Olmedo Saenz 37.

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