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Postseason

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Division Series
American League:
Twins-Yankees, Gm 4
Red Sox-Angels, Gm 3
National League:
Dodgers-Cards, Gm 4
Astros-Braves, Gm 5

 
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10/8, GAME 3:  Red Sox 8, Angels 6  Wrap >
Sox answer Angels' 7th heaven
By Ian Browne / MLB.com  10/8/2004
Despite being unable to hold a 6-1 lead after six innings, the Sox offset Vladimir Guerrero's blast with a monumental hit of their own. David Ortiz crushed Jarrod Washburn's first (and only) pitch of the day way over the Green Monster for a walk-off, two-out, two-run homer to give the Sox a thrilling 8-6 victory in 10 innings. Full story >
Forget curses, these are new Sox  Faced with a fierce challenge, these guys find a way
Walk-off home runs in DS history  
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Ortiz, Ramirez, Foulke all earn high marks in win
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Monstrosi-tiz: David's hits huge  Lefty slugger goes 4-for-6 with three RBIs
Johnny on the spot  Boston center fielder set the table for a celebration
Forget curses, these are new Sox  Faced with a fierce challenge, these guys find a way
Millar: This group deserves it  From starter to closer, goat to hero, Sox earned it
Who's next? Sox savor the moment  With Yankees in mind, players glad to advance
Red Sox short hops  In crucial Game 3, Boston had the winning touch
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Ortiz, Ramirez, Foulke all earn high marks in win
Bronson Arroyo postgame quotes  Red Sox starter discusses his Game 3 outing
Ortiz, Damon postgame quotes  Boston stars talk about Game 3 win to take ALDS
Notes: Lowe rises to occasion  Sinkerballer riding high after getting Game 3 win
 Baseball Daily News / Angels
A disheartening finish  Angels rally from five down but are eliminated in 10th
Guerrero has grand finale  Game-tying slam shows how 'most valuable' he is
No need to guess: K-Rod out of gas  That's why Scioscia summoned Washburn to face Ortiz
'I really thought we had it'  When Guerrero struck, it appeared to be Angels' game
Angels short hops  Bullpen deserves kudos in finale
Game balls: Rating Game 3  Ortiz, Ramirez, Foulke all earn high marks in win
Mike Scioscia postgame quotes  Angels manager commends Red Sox on ALDS win
Notes: Door is ajar for Guillen in '05  But he won't play again this season, Scioscia says

10/7, OFF-DAY
Angels try to fight off Sox
By Tom Singer / MLB.com  10/7/2004
While the Angels look to turn around their play and fortunes in Game 3 in the hopes of playoff survival, the Red Sox are aiming for more of the same. Right-hander Kelvim Escobar, who has handled the Sox in the past, will make his first postseason start. Full story >
Little men in field, big men in series  Cabrera and Eckstein affect teams' style and attitude
Angels must regroup before Fenway  Anaheim down 0-2 heading to Boston
Press Row: Pundits praise Pedro  Strong start propels Boston to 2-0 series lead
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Arroyo a perfect fit with the Sox  Boston hurler ready to make first postseason start
Notes: Bullpen providing relief  Sox relievers keeping Angels bats in check
A more mature Manny  Ramirez thriving this season with the Red Sox
Sellout crowds fuel Fenway Factor  Sox last clinched playoff series at home in 1986
 Baseball Daily News / Angels
Escobar's been a hit all season  And team's steadiest starter did it with little run support
Notes: All hands on deck  Lackey could start Game 4 -- unless needed in Game 3
Mike Scioscia, workout day quotes  Manager talks about being down, 2-0

10/6, GAME 2:  Red Sox 8, Angels 3  Wrap >
Mission possible for Boston
By Ian Browne / MLB.com  10/7/2004
Last year at this time, the Red Sox had their fans alternating between euphoria and tears. One day it was a thrilling victory. The next day, a crushing defeat. The Red Sox are starting this postseason as if they're on a mission. And maybe, just maybe, that mission won't include a trail of bitten nails all across the six New England states. Full story >
Pedro still No. 1 when it counts  Longtime ace turns playoff pressure into success
Fenway, not the highway  To a man, Angels vow to keep on fighting in Boston
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Ramirez, other Sox support Pedro in big way
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Varitek helps give Sox a leg up  Boston catcher prefers to let his defense do the talking
Millar: Two at-bats changed game  'It's amazing people were doubting Pedro'
Press Row: Pundits praise Pedro  Strong start propels Boston to 2-0 series lead
Red Sox short hops  Pressure shifts to Red Sox as they return to Boston
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Ramirez, other Sox support Pedro in big way
Notes: Schilling's ankle OK  Red Sox hurler will be able to make his next start
Terry Francona, postgame quotes  Manager comments on Martinez's performance
Pedro Martinez, postgame quotes  Game 2 starter talks about his winning performance
 Baseball Daily News / Angels
Angels heading to Boston down 0-2  Colon hangs on for six innings, only to see bullpen falter
'I really thought we had it'  When Guerrero struck, it appeared to be Angels' game
Angels short hops  Rallying from 0-2 has been done before
Game balls: Rating Game 2  Ramirez, other Sox support Pedro in big way
Angels must regroup before Fenway  Anaheim down 0-2 heading to Boston
Notes: Scioscia shuffles lineup  J. Molina catches; Figgins at second, McPherson at third
Scioscia's postgame quotes  Manager talks Game 2 home loss

10/5, GAME 1:  Red Sox 9, Angels 3  Wrap >
Red Sox on cloud 9 in Anaheim
By Ian Browne / MLB.com  10/5/2004
Curt Schilling was stingy in the early innings, giving his offense time to break out. And once it did, the Sox and Schilling were able to cruise to a 9-3 victory in Game 1 of this best-of-five Division Series. Full story >
Schilling good enough in Game 1  Boston righty shuts down Angels on off day (for him)
Game balls: Rating Game 1  Ramirez homer turns the opener into a rout
Guardado: First-game jitters clear  Angels now face a must-win situation Wednesday
Red Sox flex their muscles  Millar and Ramirez homers highlight big Boston inning
Anaheim, Boston mayors announce ALDS wager  Lobster, chili peppers among items on table
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
Millar: We set the tone early  First baseman likes Boston's chances with Pedro
Terry Francona, Game 1 quotes  Red Sox manager discusses series-opening win
Red Sox on cloud 9 in Anaheim  Backed by seven-run fourth, Sox take Game 1
Red Sox short hops  Everything is looking up for Red Sox after Game 1
Martinez armed and ready  Sox ace looks to rebound after four straight losses
Notes: Williamson left off roster  Leskanic added to pen; Youkilis edges out McCarty
Terry Francona pregame quotes  Red Sox manager on roster spots, Game 2 starter
 Baseball Daily News / Angels
Glaus, Erstad pack a punch  Neither player happy with individual accomplishment
Mike Scioscia postgame quotes  Angels manager dicsusses being down one game
Angels come up short in opener  Poor pitching and defense pave way for Red Sox
Angels short hops  This franchise accustomed to losing Game 1s
There are some silver linings  Angels got good swings vs. Schilling, made him work
Soft-spoken Colon will throw hard  Game 2 starter ready to face fellow Dominican Martinez
Notes: Scioscia rethinks experience  After 2002 run, he believes team concept more important

RED SOX-ANGELS PREVIEW
Up next: When superstars collide
By Paul C. Smith / MLB.com  10/4/2004
Almost every one of the nine games Boston and Anaheim played this season had a playoff-type atmosphere, where the best players saved their best efforts for the situations that mattered most. Don't be surprised if it happens again. Full story >
1986 ALCS more than Moore  Classic playoff series lost in shadow of tragedy
Manny, Vlad do talking at plate  Reclusive superstars ready to shine on national stage
Red Sox, Angels deal with past  Anaheim can erase '86; Boston can try to break Curse
ALDS forecast: Red Sox vs. Angels  An in-depth look at the first-round matchup
Red Sox-Angels: Starting pitching  It's finesse vs. power as some of the AL's best meet
Matchups: Red Sox vs. Angels  Series takes shape in positional breakdown
Series in review: Sox vs. Angels  Clash has the makings of a classic
Angels-Red Sox ALDS probables  Colon vs. Pedro matchup looms in Game 2
 Baseball Daily News / Red Sox
This is Schilling's time of year  Game 1 starter loves the pressure the playoffs bring
Cabrera's arrival has ignited Sox  Club went 42-18 since acquisition of talented shortstop
Notes: Damon excelling quietly  Schilling on Guerrero; Kapler in, Nixon out in Game 1
'Rally Monday' pumps up Sox fans  Video montages, actors and politicians add flourish
Millar: Sox confident, experienced  Club more relaxed going into this year's postseason
Boston hopes long wait is over  Veterans and newcomers say fans deserve title
Nothing like Fenway in October  Postseason baseball returns to Majors' oldest park
Red Sox facts and figures  Club eclipses 95 wins for second straight season
Red Sox monthly recap  August the turning point in Red Sox season
Red Sox postseason history  Boston makes second straight playoff appearance
It's 'Rally Monday' at Fenway  Fans gather to wish team well in postseason
Red Sox's defining moments  Landing Schilling set the tone for season
How the Red Sox were built  Sixteen players added since end of 2002 season
Sox to open ALDS vs. Angels  After five-day wait, Boston set to head west
 Baseball Daily News / Angels
Washburn back in Game 1 spotlight  Anaheim lefty led off 2002 World Series vs. Giants
Notes: Scioscia makes roster cuts  Sele, Galarraga left off; Kotchman beats out Halter
Halos ready to attack Schilling  Angels won't wait for Boston ace to make mistakes
Fans cheer Angels at Rally Monday  Kids, broadcasters, former players mingle
Angels' defining moments  Acquiring Guerrero was key to season
Full circle to the winner's circle  Angels overcome injuries, controversy to win the West
Angels facts and figures  Pitching registered fourth-best ERA in league
Angels get the Red Sox in ALDS  Series to begin on Tuesday at Angel Stadium
Meet Angel Stadium  After 2002, Anaheim's home cursed no more
Anaheim Angels team makeup  Team's recent history includes more free agents
Angels' month-by-month recap  Fast start, big finish send Anaheim to postseason
Angels to hold 'Rally Monday'  Join the celebration at noon in Irvine
Angels postseason history  World Series win in 2002 changed franchise's image