Thursday, Oct. 25
Colorado at Boston (8:29 p.m. EDT). Ubaldo Jimenez tries to help the Rockies rebound, facing Curt Schilling in Game 2 of the World Series.

-Josh Beckett, Red Sox, allowed six hits in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one, improving to 4-0 with a 1.20 ERA in the postseason this year, and Boston pounded Colorado 13-1.

Back in the World Series with no Bambino's curse to worry about, Boston flattened Colorado 13-1 in Wednesday night's opener. The Red Sox set a record for runs and victory margin in an opener and finished with 17 hits, becoming the first club to hit eight doubles in a Series game since 1925.

Josh Beckett started the World Series with a rare feat, fanning Willy Taveras, Kaz Matsui, Matt Holliday and Todd Helton to become the first pitcher to strike out the first four batters in a Series game since Sandy Koufax got five Yankees to start the 1963 Series, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Dustin Pedroia became only the second player to hit a leadoff home run in a World Series opener, lining a shot over the Green Monster in Boston's 13-1 win over Colorado on Wednesday. Pedroia was the 31st player overall to homer in his first career at-bat in the Series. He became the 18th player to hit a leadoff home run in any Series game and the first since Johnny Damon did so for the Red Sox in Game 4 in 2004.

Boston routed Colorado 13-1 on Wednesday, spoiling the Rockies' first World Series game in franchise history. The winner of the World Series opener has gone on to win nine of the last 10 championships and 62 of 102 overall. While the 1959 Chicago White Sox and 1996 Atlanta Braves both won their openers by 11 runs, they went on to lose the Series.

The Yankees could hire a new manager by the end of this week. After spending two seasons as New York's first-base coach, Tony Pena interviewed Wednesday to replace departed manager Joe Torre. Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi interviewed Monday and bench coach Don Mattingly on Tuesday. Hank Steinbrenner, son of owner George Steinbrenner, said Wednesday the team wasn't planning any more interviews.

``That's not the way we drew it up.'' - Rockies manager Clint Hurdle, after his team lost Game 1 of the World Series 13-1 following an eight-day layoff. Colorado had won 21 of their last 22, losing just once in 38 days before running into Boston's buzz saw.

Oct. 25
1911 - Fred Merkle's 10th-inning sacrifice fly scored Larry Doyle to give the New York Giants a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Athletics in the World Series. The victory cut the A's lead in the Series to 3-2.
1981 - Steve Yeager and Pedro Guerrero hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees in the World Series.
1986 - The New York Mets rallied for three runs with two outs in the 10th inning against the Boston Red Sox and pushed the World Series to a decisive seventh game. The tie-breaking run scored on Boston first baseman Bill Buckner's error on Mookie Wilson's slow grounder.
1987 - The Minnesota Twins, behind Frank Viola, won their first World Series championship by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in Game 7, becoming the first team to win four home games.
2003 - Florida's Josh Beckett threw a shutout to lead the Marlins to a 2-0 victory over the New York Yankees to win the World Series. Pitching on three days rest, Beckett, who was named MVP of the series, allowed five hits in Game 6 as Florida won its second title in seven seasons.
2005 - Geoff Blum homered in the top of the 14th inning in his first World Series at-bat to help the Chicago White Sox defeat Houston 7-5 in Game 3. At 5 hours, 41 minutes, it was the longest game by time in Series history and matched the longest in innings. The Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers also went 14 innings in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
Today's birthdays: Joe Nelson 33; Pedro Martinez 36.

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