Oakland Athletics 9 at Boston Red Sox 1, F — A pitchers duel opened the first game of the ALCS between Oakland and Boston, as 2-time Cy Young Award winner, Roger Clemens faced 20-game winner Dave Stewart. Clemens kept Oakland scoreless for six innings, but Oakland managed to break through against the bullpen, scoring one
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San Francisco Giants 6 at Florida Marlins 7, F — Rookie pitcher Dontrelle Willis faced Jerome Williams in this Series-winning game on October 4th. The Giants scored first in the top of the 2nd of a sacrifice fly, but the Marlins came back in the third and fourth innings before the Giants tied it up
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Atlanta Braves 6 at Houston Astros 7, F/18 — The 2005 Houston Astros needed just about everyone on their 40-man roster to land their Wild Card berth, so it is also fitting that the heroics came from a melting pot of Astros players. The Braves were ahead 6-1 in the eighth, when Lance Berkman launched
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Minnesota Twins 0 at New York Yankees 4, F — The season, up to this point, had not been an easy one for David Wells. Being yanked from his previous start in the third inning, despite a 9-0 Yankee lead, had Boomer openly contemplating retirement. Not an irrational thought for someone two weeks shy of
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Minnesota Twins 5 at Oakland Athletics 4, F — Minnesota got off to a 2-1 lead, and it was a pitchers’ duel until the 9th. Twins starter Brad Radke had a gutty performance, going 6 and 2/3 innings and giving up only one run on six hits. Minnesota added three runs in the top of
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Baltimore Orioles 1 at Cleveland Indians 2, F/12 — Mike Mussina spun a gem for the Orioles, striking out an LCS-record 15 through seven innings, but veteran Orel Hershiser matched him zero-for-zero. The stellar starters were long gone by the 12th inning, though (and the were bullpens close to depletion) when the Tribe threatened. With
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New York Yankees 1 at Oakland A’s 0, F — With their backs against the wall for the first time since 1997, the Yankees traveled to Oakland one loss away from elimination. A’s starter Barry Zito stifled the Yanks through four innings, until Jorge Posada belted a solo homer in the fifth. Mike Mussina also
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2 at Atlanta Braves 3, F — Pittsburgh’s ace Doug Drabek was cruising along, holding the Braves scoreless for eight innings, getting out of his only real jam (bases loaded, no out) in the sixth inning. Atlanta’s starter, John Smoltz, was similarly solid, with the Pirates scraping together two runs on an Orlando
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Chicago Cubs 3 at Padres 6, F — It was the decisive Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. The Cubs had posted the NL’s best record that season, and they had stormed out to a 2-0 series lead. But because of an old Major League Baseball rule at that time, the Padres had
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