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 SCOREBOARD
Monday, Oct. 22
No games scheduled. The World Series starts in Boston on Wednesday.

STARS
Sunday
-Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox, drove in five runs and Boston advanced to the World Series with an 11-2 win over Cleveland.

ANOTHER RED SOX COMEBACK
Boston beat Cleveland 11-2 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the World Series for the first time since winning it all in 2004. The Red Sox, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS three years ago, came back from a 3-1 deficit against the Indians and will face Colorado in Game 1 on Wednesday.

SCANDAL
ported Sunday.

INERVIEWS
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was due in Tampa, Fla., on Monday to start interviewing candidates to replace Joe Torre as manager. Former Florida Marlins manager Joe Girardi, Yankees bench coach Don Mattingly and New York first base coach Tony Pena were the first three candidates invited to interview for the job, which opened last Thursday when Torre refused the Yankees' offer of a $5 million, one-year contract. Hank Steinbrenner, a son of owner George Steinbrenner, said five or six candidates will be interviewed and that a decision isn't likely until after the World Series.

MVP BECKETT
Josh Beckett won the AL championship series Most Valuable Player Award after Boston beat Cleveland 11-2 in Game 7 on Sunday. Unflappable and close to unhittable, Beckett shut down Cleveland twice, including a victory in Game 5 that started Boston's comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series. Beckett, who was the MVP of the 2003 World Series when the Florida Marlins beat the New York Yankees, wasn't even needed in the victory Sunday night and will be well rested when he faces the Colorado Rockies in Wednesday night's World Series opener at Fenway Park.

SPEAKING
``Good hunting weather. We don't have to go out on the field and practice today. That was my only other thought. It will be a short day for us, a good day. A good day to sit on the couch, I know that.'' - Todd Helton on his thoughts after waking to a snowstorm in Denver on Sunday, forcing the Rockies indoors for their next-to-last workout before flying off to Boston for the World Series that starts Wednesday night.

SEASONS
Oct. 22
1910 - After three straight defeats and trailing Philadelphia 3-2 in the ninth, the Chicago Cubs tied the score and then won 4-3 in 10 innings for their only victory as the A's won the World Series in five games.
1972 - The Oakland A's won their first World Series with a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 7. It was the first championship since 1930 for the franchise, then located in Philadelphia.
1975 - A ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan gave the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox and the World Series title in seven games. It was the first title for the Reds in 35 years.
1986 - Gary Carter's two home runs at Fenway Park gave New York a 6-2 victory and pulled the Mets even with Boston Red Sox in the World Series after four games.
1987 - The St. Louis Cardinals won their third straight home game to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series with a 4-2 victory against the Minnesota Twins.
2000 - In their first matchup since Roger Clemens beaned Mike Piazza in July, Clemens came close to hitting Piazza again - this time with the jagged barrel of a broken bat. Piazza fouled a grounder off a letter-high inside pitch and his bat shattered, with the largest chunk - the barrel head - going back to the mound. Clemens picked up the splintered wood and threw it angrily in front of Piazza as he ran toward first, missing the Mets' star by about 2 feet. Clemens then pitched the best World Series game of his career with a two-hit, nine-strikeout shutout before leaving after eight innings in the Yankees' 6-5 victory.
2003 - Alex Gonzalez led off the bottom of the 12th with a solo homer, lifting Florida to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the World Series. The loss to Florida snapped the Yankees' winning streak in extra-inning World Series games at seven. Only one World Series game has ever gone longer, Boston's 14-inning win over Brooklyn in 1916.
Today's birthdays: Robinson Cano 25; Michael Barrett 31; Ichiro Suzuki 34; Hector Carrasco 38.
 

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