Baseball Today

By: By The Associated Press
By: By The Associated Press

Arizona at Colorado (8:37 p.m. EDT). Livan Hernandez faces Josh Fogg in Game 3 of the NLCS.

STARS

-- David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, reached base all 10 times they came to the plate to lead Boston past Cleveland 10-3.

-- Willy Taveras, Rockies, walked to force in the go-ahead run and made a diving catch to help Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 in 11 innings.

SNAPPED

Josh Beckett's postseason scoreless streak ended at 18 innings when Cleveland's Travis Hafner hit a solo homer off the Red Sox right-hander in the first inning of Boston's 10-3 victory on Friday. Beckett pitched six innings of four-hit ball to improve his career postseason record to 4-2.

ROCKIN'

Colorado beat Arizona 3-2 in 11 innings Friday night to take a 2-0 series lead. After their 19th victory in 20 games, the seemingly unstoppable Rockies headed home to Denver, where the series resumes Sunday night with Josh Fogg pitching against Arizona's Livan Hernandez.

FIRED

Leo Mazzone was fired as pitching coach of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday, less than two weeks after completing his second season with a struggling staff. Mazzone worked wonders with the Atlanta Braves from June 1990 through the end of the 2005 season but could not duplicate that success with the Orioles. Baltimore ranked 29th among 30 teams with a 5.17 ERA and yielded more walks (696) than any major league club.

SPEAKING

"We expect to win every game." -- Colorado's Ryan Spilborghs after a 3-2, 11-inning win on Friday gave the Rockies a 2-0 series lead over Arizona in the NLCS.

Oct. 14

1905 -- Christy Mathewson blanked the Philadelphia Athletics 2-0 to give the New York Giants the World Series in five games. All were shutouts, with Mathewson getting three, Joe McGinnity one and Chief Bender of Philadelphia one.

1929 -- The Philadelphia A's rallied for three runs in the ninth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 and take the World Series in five games. Mule Haas' two-run homer tied the game and Bing Miller's RBI double won it.

1965 -- Sandy Koufax tossed his second shutout to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 2-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins and the world championship in seven games.

1969 -- New York's Tommie Agee made two spectacular catches to save five runs and secure a 5-0 victory over Baltimore as the Mets took a 2-1 lead in the World Series.

1971 -- Pittsburgh's Nelson Briles threw a two-hitter against the Orioles for a 4-0 victory to give the Pirates a 3-2 edge in the World Series.

1975 -- The Reds took a 2-1 lead in the World Series with a controversial 6-5, 10-inning victory over the Boston Red Sox in Cincinnati. In the 10th, Reds pinch-hitter Ed Armbrister attempted a sacrifice bunt and bounced the ball in front of the plate. Catcher Carlton Fisk fielded the ball but collided with Armbrister and threw the ball into center while trying to force Cesar Geronimo at second. Geronimo went to third -- and later scored the game-winning run -- and Armbrister moved to second. Home plate umpire Larry Barnett ruled there was no interference despite heated protests by the Red Sox.

1976 -- Chris Chambliss hit a ninth-inning home run off Kansas City's Mark Littell to give the New York Yankees a 7-6 victory over the Royals and their first American League pennant since 1964.

1984 -- Kirk Gibson hit two home runs to lead Detroit to an 8-4 victory and the World Series in five games over the San Diego Padres.

1985 -- Ozzie Smith's one-out, ninth-inning home run off Tom Niedenfuer gave the St. Louis Cardinals a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers and a 3-2 lead in the National League playoffs.

1992 -- The Toronto Blue Jays became the first Canadian team to reach the World Series with a 9-2 win over the Oakland Athletics in Game 6 of the American League championship series.

1997 -- The Florida Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-4 behind Kevin Brown's complete game and Bobby Bonilla's three RBIs to win the NL championship series, 4-2.

1998 -- The San Diego Padres reached the World Series for the first time since 1984, shutting down the Atlanta Braves' comeback bid behind MVP Sterling Hitchcock for a 5-0 victory in Game 6 of the NL championship series.

2000 -- Roger Clemens pitched a one-hitter and struck out an ALCS record 15 as the New York Yankees beat Seattle 5-0. Clemens tied the LCS record with San Francisco's Livan Hernandez, who struck out 15 in Game 5 of the 1997 NLCS between Florida and Atlanta.

2006 -- Magglio Ordonez hit two home runs, including a series-ending, three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to lead Detroit to a 6-3 victory and an ALCS sweep of Oakland.

Today's birthdays: Carlos Marmol 25; Jerry Gil 25; Boof Bonser 26; Duaner Sanchez 28; Ryan Church 29.


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