SCOREBOARD
Monday, Oct. 8
Cleveland at N.Y. Yankees (7:37 p.m. EDT). Paul Byrd starts for the Indians against Game 1 loser Chien-Ming Wang as they try to finish off the Yankees.

STARS
Sunday
-Johnny Damon, Yankees, drove in four runs, including a go-ahead three-run homer, to help New York avoid elimination with an 8-4 win over Cleveland.
-Curt Schilling, Red Sox, allowed six hits in seven scoreless innings and Boston finished off a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 9-1 win.

DOMINANCE
Curt Schilling pitched seven masterful innings, David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez hit back-to-back homers and Boston completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels with a 9-1 win on Sunday. Schilling raised his postseason record to 9-2 in 16 career starts while lowering his ERA to 1.93, having allowed only 25 earned runs in 116 1-3 innings.

SNAPPED
Alex Rodriguez stopped his postseason hitless streak at 18 at-bats with a second-inning single and also beat out an infield single in the New York Yankees' 8-4 win over Cleveland on Sunday.

TRICKY SOX
The Angels have lost nine straight playoff games to Boston following a 9-1 loss on Sunday and seven straight postseason games overall. The Red Sox beat the Angels in the last three games of the 1986 ALCS and swept them in the first round of the 2004 playoffs.

SPEAKING
``I don't think we're ready to see Roger Clemens' last steps off the mound, or Joe Torre's last game. We have a lot to play for.'' - Johnny Damon, after the Yankees rallied past Cleveland 8-4 Sunday night, closing within 2-1 in their first-round AL playoff series.

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.
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