Baseball : Division Series American League

October 05, 2004

AL: Red Sox vs. Angels

Season series: Red Sox won, 5-4.

Managers: Terry Francona is in his first year with the Red Sox and making his postseason debut. Mike Scioscia is 425-385 (.525) in five years with the Angels, 11-5 in the postseason.

Pitching matchups: Game 1 - Red Sox RHP Curt Schilling (21-6, 3.26) vs. Angels LHP Jarrod Washburn (11-8, 4.64); Game 2 - Red Sox RHP Pedro Martinez (16-9, 3.90) vs. Angels RHP Bartolo Colon (18-12, 5.01); Game 3 - Red Sox TBA vs. Angels RHP Kelvim Escobar (11-12, 3.93).

Series surprise: Angels' Chone Figgins, filling in for 2B Adam Kennedy, hit .412 with five RBIs in 34 at-bats against Boston this year. Figgins hit .311 with runners in scoring position.

Series keys

MVP showdown: Who will have the bigger series, Boston slugger Manny Ramirez or Anaheim's Vladimir Guerrero? Ramirez hit .320 with three homers in 25 at-bats against the Angels this year, but Guerrero is making his playoff debut after bolting Montreal via free agency last winter.n a quarter of its save chances.

Clutch: The Red Sox offense led the majors in scoring for the second straight year, averaging 5.86 runs. With runners in scoring position, they hit .295, tops in the majors. The Angels hit .278, third in the league. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Today Time

Starter Line W-L ERA

Boston Schilling (R) -160 21-6 3.26

at Anaheim Washburn (L) 4:09 11-8 4.64


Today: Boston at Anaheim, 4:09 p.m. (ESPN)

Tomorrow: Boston at Anaheim, 10:09 p.m. (ESPN)

Friday: Anaheim at Boston, 4:09 p.m. (ESPN)

*Saturday: Anaheim at Boston, TBA

*Sunday: Boston at Anaheim, TBA

AL: Twins vs. Yankees

Season series: Yankees won, 4-2.

Managers: Ron Gardenhire is 276-209 (.569) in three seasons with the Twins, 5-9 in the postseason. Joe Torre is 887-567 (.610) in nine seasons with the Yankees, 65-30 (.684) in the postseason.

Pitching matchups: Game 1 - Twins LHP Johan Santana (20-6, 2.61) vs. Yankees RHP Mike Mussina (12-9, 4.59); Game 2 - Twins RHP Brad Radke (11-8, 3.48) vs. Yankees RHP Jon Lieber (14-8, 4.33); Game 3 - Twins RHP Carlos Silva (14-8, 4.21) vs. Yankees TBA.

Series surprise: Twins SS Cristian Guzman, a former Yankees farmhand, was 6-for-17 (.353) with a .421 on-base percentage against his old employer this year.

Series keys

Moose is loose: A shaky Yankees rotation could get two starts from Mussina, who is 20-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 26 career starts against the Twins. That's his most wins against any opponent.

Avoiding Mo: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has blown one save in 19 chances in his regular-season career against the Twins. In 28 games, he is 4-2 with an 0.83 ERA against them. They are the only AL team that has never homered against him (43 1/3 innings).

Riding Johan: Santana, the AL Cy Young favorite, must continue his roll if the Twins are to pull the upset. He has made just two career starts at Yankee Stadium, including the opener of last year's division series. He received a no-decision, but his team won. - South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Today Time

Starter Line W-L ERA

Minnesota Santana (L) -115 20-6 2.61

at New York Mussina (R) 8:19 12-9 4.59


Today: Minnesota at New York, 8:19 p.m. (Fox)

Tomorrow: Minnesota at New York, 7:09 p.m. (ESPN

Friday: New York at Minnesota, 8:09 p.m. (ESPN)

*Saturday: New York at Minnesota, TBA

*Sunday: Minnesota at New York, TBA

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