SCOREBOARD
Friday, Oct. 19
No games scheduled.

STARS
-Josh Beckett, Red Sox, pitched eight innings, allowing one earned run and striking out 11 in a 7-1 victory over Cleveland in Game 5 of the ALCS.

BACK TO BOSTON
Josh Beckett, blocking out everything but Jason Varitek's target, dominated the Cleveland Indians for the second time and Manny Ramirez drove in the go-ahead run with a 390-foot single as the Red Sox stayed alive in the AL championship series with a 7-1 win Thursday night in Game 5. Kevin Youkilis set the tone with a first-inning homer off C.C. Sabathia. The Red Sox, trailing 3-2, sent the best-of-seven series back to Fenway Park.

TORRE OUT
Joe McCarthy (1,460) for wins among Yankees managers.

SPEAKING
``We weren't trying to win three games in one night. We were just going out there to play the game, go out there and fight and do whatever we had to do to win.'' - Kevin Youkilis, who went 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple, and three RBIs as Boston defeated Cleveland 7-1 on Thursday night to pull to within 3-2 in the ALCS and force the series back to Boston.

SEASONS
Oct. 19
1972 - The Oakland A's rallied for two ninth-inning runs and a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to take a 3-1 lead in the World Series.
1976 - The Cincinnati Reds took a commanding 3-0 lead over the New York Yankees in the World Series with a 6-2 victory at Yankee Stadium. Cincinnati designated hitter Dan Driessen had a single, double, home run and a walk to lead the attack. Jim Mason had a solo homer in the seventh inning for the only home run by the Yankees in the series.
1981 - Los Angeles' Rick Monday hit a ninth-inning home run to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Expos and the National League pennant.
1986 - The Boston Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the World Series with a 9-3 rout of the New York Mets. The Red Sox had 18 hits, and battered Dwight Gooden for six runs in five innings.
1999 - Kenny Rogers walked Andruw Jones with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th inning, sending the Atlanta Braves to the World Series with a 10-9 victory over the New York Mets in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.
2004 - Curt Schilling, pitching on a dislocated ankle tendon held down by three sutures put in the day before, gave up one run over seven innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 4-2 to save their season for the third day in a row and force a winner-take-all Game 7 for the AL pennant and a trip to the World Series. The series was three outs from a sweep on Oct. 17.
2005 - Roy Oswalt allowed three hits over seven innings and struck out six as Houston clinched its first World Series berth with a 5-1 win over St. Louis in Game 6 of the NLCS.
2006 - Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to help St. Louis beat New York 3-1 in Game 7 of the NL championship series. St. Louis overcame Endy Chavez's astounding grab at the wall to pull back a drive by Scott Rolen that was headed for a tiebreaking, two-run homer.
Today's birthdays: Jose Bautista 27; Mike Young 31.

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