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Sunday, 14 October 2007 05:16
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 SCOREBOARD
Sunday, Oct. 14
Arizona at Colorado (8:37 p.m. EDT). Livan Hernandez faces Josh Fogg in Game 3 of the NLCS.

Monday, Oct. 15
Boston at Cleveland (7:10 p.m. EDT). Daisuke Matsuzaka makes his second postseason start for the Red Sox, facing Jake Westbrook.

STARS
-Trot Nixon, Indians, snapped an 11th-inning tie with a pinch-hit single, and Cleveland broke loose for six more runs to beat Boston 13-6.

RECORD BREAKER
Manny Ramirez hit his 23rd postseason homer in Boston's 13-6 11-inning loss to Cleveland on Saturday, a two-run drive to break the playoff record he had shared with former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams.

BIG GAME PITCHER
Livan Hernandez was 11-11 with a 4.93 ERA this season, but he was by far Arizona's best starter against Colorado, going 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts (35 innings). Hernandez, starting Sunday with the Diamondbacks in a 2-0 hole, has a 7-2 career postseason record, including a combined 5-0 in the division series and the NLCS.

HIRED
Dusty Baker was hired as manager of the Cincinnati Reds, agreeing to a three-year deal Saturday with a team coming off its seventh straight losing season. Baker managed the Giants for 10 years, leading them to the World Series in 2002. He left San Francisco after a falling out with ownership and went to the Cubs, leading them to the NLCS in his first season. He'll replace Pete Mackanin, who got the job on an interim basis after Jerry Narron was fired in July.

SPEAKING
``To start something up in the 11th inning, it's kind of ridiculous to be playing at 1:30 in the morning, but you don't get these opportunities too much.'' - Cleveland's Trot Nixon, after the Indians won Game 2 of the ALCS 13-6 in 11 innings on Saturday. The game lasted 5 hours, 14 minutes. It ended at 1:37 a.m. EDT, when Joe Borowski got a game-ending double play.

Oct. 15
1917 - The Chicago White Sox won the World Series when the New York Giants left home plate uncovered and Eddie Collins dashed home with third baseman Heinie Zimmerman chasing him in helpless pursuit.
1925 - Kiki Cuyler's bases-loaded double in the eighth inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 9-7 victory over Walter Johnson and the Washington Senators in Game 7 of the World Series, capping a comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
1946 - Enos Slaughter scored from first on Harry Walker's double to give the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 victory in Game 7 and the World Series title against the Boston Red Sox.
1981 - Dave Righetti, Ron Davis and Goose Gossage combined on a 4-0 shutout of the Oakland A's to give the New York Yankees their 33rd American League pennant.
1986 - The Boston Red Sox capped one of the greatest comebacks in history by defeating the California Angels 8-1 to win the American League pennant after trailing three games to one in the playoffs.
1986 - Ray Knight keyed a three-run ninth to tie the score and the New York Mets won their third National League pennant by beating the Houston Astros 7-6 in 16 innings in the longest postseason game.
1988 - With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Kirk Gibson hit a two-run, pinch homer to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory over Oakland in Game 1 of the World Series. Gibson, who did not start because of a strained left knee, limped around the bases as the Dodgers won one of the most dramatic games in series history.
1997 - The Cleveland Indians survived another brilliant effort by Mike Mussina and claimed their second pennant in three years, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 on an 11th-inning homer by Tony Fernandez to win the AL championship series 4-2.
2003 - The Florida Marlins took their third game in a row, winning the NLCS with a 9-6 victory over Chicago in Game 7. Florida became just the ninth team to overcome a 3-1 deficit in a best-of-seven series.
Today's birthday: Juan Cruz 29.
 

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