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FULLLINEARCTICCATDEALERSINCE1978 ARCTICCATPARTSANDACCESSORIES•CATMASTERSERVICEDEPARTMENT PRE-SNOW&DIRTSALE! •SNOWMOBILES •PROWLERUTVS •2&4WHEEL DRIVEATVS •WILDCAT SIDE-BY-SIDE MLB POSTSEASON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7;x-if necessary) American League All games televised by FS1 Kansas City 3,Toronto 2 Friday,Oct.16:Kansas City 5,Toronto 0 Saturday,Oct.17:Kansas City 6,Toronto 3 Monday:Toronto 11,Kansas City 8 Tuesday:Kansas City 14,Toronto 2 Wednesday:Toronto 7,Kansas City 1 Friday:Toronto at Kansas City x-Saturday:Toronto at Kansas City,8:07 p.m. National League All games televised by TBS New York 4,Chicago 0 Saturday,Oct.17:New York 4,Chicago 2 S unday,Oct.18:New York 4,Chicago 1 Tuesday,Oct.20:New York 5,Chicago 2 Wednesday,Oct.21:New York 8,Chicago 3 WORLD SERIES (Best-of-7) All games televised by Fox Tuesday,Oct.27:N.Y.Mets at American League W ednesday,Oct.28:N.Y.Mets at AL Friday,Oct.30:AL at N.Y.Mets Saturday,Oct.31:AL at N.Y.Mets x -Sunday,Nov.1:AL at N.Y.Mets x-Tuesday,Nov.3:N.Y.Mets at AL x-Wednesday,Nov.4:N.Y.Mets at AL This Date In Baseball Oct.24 1911— The World Series between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Athletics was resumed after six days of rain, and Chief Bender beat Christy Mathewson 4-2 to give the A’s a 3-1lead. 1981— The Los Angeles Dodgers came back to beat the New York Yankees 8-7 in a s loppy 3 1 ⁄ 2 -hour marathon and tied the World Series 2-2.The Yankees blew a 6-3 lead.On one play,Reggie Jackson lost the b all in the sun and it bounced off his shoulder for a two-base error. 1 985 — Danny Jackson’s five-hitter cut St.Louis’ lead to 3-2 in the World Series as t he Kansas City Royals took Game 5,6-1. Willie Wilson’s two-run triple highlighted a three-run second inning and chased starter K en Forsch. 1987 — Kent Hrbek’s grand slam highlighted a 15-hit barrage as the Minnesota T wins pounded the St.Louis Cardinals 11-5 at the Metrodome to force the World Series to a seventh game. 1 992 — The Toronto Blue Jays took baseball’s championship outside the United States for the first time,beating the Atlanta Braves 4-3 in 11innings in Game 6 of the World Series. 1 994 — Atlanta’s Greg Maddux became t he first pitcher to win three straight Cy Y oung Awards,unanimously sweeping the N L honor.Maddux was 16-6 with a 1.56 E RA,the third-lowest in 75 years. 2 000 — Benny Agbayani hit a go-ahead d ouble in the eighth inning as the New Y ork Mets handed Orlando Hernandez his f irst postseason defeat,beating the Yank ees 4-2 to cut their World Series deficit to 2 -1.The Mets also ended the Yankees’ rec- o rd 14-game winning streak in the World Series. 2005 — Scott Podsednik homered in the bottom of the ninth inning and Paul Konerko hit the 18th grand slam in World Series history in Chicago’s 7-6 win over Houston in Game 2 of the World Series. 2007 — Boston set a record for runs and victory margin in a World Series opener as the Red Sox flattened the Rockies 13-1. B oston finished with 17 hits,becoming the first club to hit eight doubles in a Series g ame since 1925.Dustin Pedroia became o nly the second player to lead off the Series with a home run. 2012 — Pablo Sandoval became the f ourth player to hit three home runs in a W orld Series game,connecting twice against Justin Verlander and once off Al Alburquerque to lead the San Francisco Gia nts over the Detroit Tigers 8-3 in the series opener.Sandoval hit a solo home run to right-center in the first,a two-run,opposite-field drive to left in the third and another bases-empty shot into the centerfield batter’s eye in the fifth.He joined Babe Ruth (1926 and 1928),Reggie Jackson (1977) and Albert Pujols (2011) as the only players with three-homer games in t he Series. Calendar Nov.9-12 — General managers’ meetings,Boca Raton,Fla. N ov.18-19 — Owners’ meetings,Dallas. Dec.2 — Last day for teams to offer 2016 contracts to unsigned players on their 40- man rosters. D ec.7-10 — Winter meetings,Nashville, Tenn. run-saving, diving grab of Russell Martin’s liner in G ame 2 against Toronto. “ When the pressure seems to get a little bit or mount a little bit is when h e plays his best baseball, where he really focuses on getting the job done,” R oyals manager Ned Yost said this week. The newest Mr. Octo- b ers have plenty of com- p any. Here’s a look back a t some of the surprise stars of postseasons past: David Freese, Cardinals, 2011: Raised in the St. Louis area, he had played only 184 games in the regular season when h e emerged as just the s ixth player to win MVP of the LCS and World Series. The third baseman d rove in 21runs in 18 games. He had four RBIs in a 5-3 win over Philadel- p hia that forced a deciding Game 5 in the NL Division Series. He hit three h omers and drove in nine r uns against the Brewers i n the next round. Freese really put his stamp on the postseason in the Fall Classic, especially Game 6. One of the most exciting games in baseball history, Freese had a tying t riple with two outs in the b ottom of the ninth and a walkoff homer in the 11th. Cody Ross, Giants, 2 010: He went from unwanted man in August to MVP of the NLCS with an i mpressive power display against the Phillies’ Big Three of Roy Halladay, R oy Oswalt and Cole Ha- m els. Claimed off waive rs from the Marlins, Ross didn’t even have a permanent spot in the San Francisco outfield until Jose Guillen was hurt late in the year. He homered twice against Halladay a nd once off Oswalt, then k ept it simple, breaking a scoreless tie with an RBI single. “ I could never imagine being in a situation like this,” Ross said then. “I’m j ust going to cherish it. This is a special time for me.” D avid Ortiz, Red Sox, 2004: Before he was the b eloved Big Papi, Ortiz spent six middling seasons with the Minnesota T wins before moving to Boston in ‘03. A year later he had his first 30-homer s eason. But it wasn’t until he led the Red Sox to the m ajors’ only comeback from an 0-3 deficit in a best-of-seven series — against the rival Yankees —that he really broke out. Ortiz drove in 11runs and went 12 for 31(.387) w ith three homers to notch MVP honors in the ALCS. Mike Devereaux, Braves, 1995: Mike who? The 1995 NLCS MVP, that’s who — on a stacked Atlanta team with the likes of Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux. Devereaux ended Game 1with an 11th-in- n ing single, but wasn’t penciled into the lineup f or Game 4 until David Justice was hit by a ball in batting practice. A late A ugust acquisition from t he White Sox, Devereaux proceeded to connect for a three-run homer iced the Braves’ four-game s weep of the Reds. He only got six at-bats in the World Series. Pat Borders, Blue Jays, 1992: Never an All- Star in a 17-year career during which he hit .253, t he catcher helped lead T oronto to its first of two straight World Series titles, going 9 for 20 (.450) w hile spending all 55 innings behind the plate in being selected Series M VP. Billy Hatcher, Reds, 1990: This career .264 hit- t er broke a World Series record by getting seven s traight hits. He batted .750 (9 for 12) in Cincinnati’s four-game sweep of O akland with four doubles, a triple and six runs. Bucky Dent and Brian D oyle, Yankees, 1978: Perhaps the most unlike- l y duo to find October fame, especially on a Bronx Zoo team featuring Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson and other big names. Dent hit the famed home run to beat B oston in a one-game playoff at Fenway Park and enjoyed a splendid postseason that culminated in the World Series MVP. The shortstop hit .417 with seven RBIs against the Dodgers. The real surprise, though, was Doyle, a bit major leaguer whose career lasted all of four seas ons. He got shoved into the spotlight when second b aseman Willie Randolph was hurt. Doyle stepped up, batting .438 (7 for 16) — he was a .161career hit- t er in 199 at-bats — driving in two runs and scor- i ng four. October Continued from Page 1D NEW YORK - The way the New York Mets were playing, the last thing they needed was five days off. No choice, though. That’s exactly what they got. After completing a f our-game sweep of the C hicago Cubs in the NL C hampionship Series on W ednesday night, Daniel Murphy and the Mets must wait until next Tuesday to start the World Series. And recent history suggests such a long layoff in October can really be detrimental. “I don’t know if every team’s the same. You know, we’re going to ride that pitching. And by the way, our pitching right now could use a blow be- c ause we’re pushing them pretty hard,” manager Terry Collins said Friday. “I’m glad our starters are going to get an extra day.” Nonetheless, baseball is about repetition and timing. So it’s a fair quest ion: Will the National League champs look rest- e d or rusty in the upcoming Series? They’ll open at Kansas City or Toronto — the R oyals led 3-2 in the best- of-seven ALCS going into Game 6 at Kauffman Stadium on Friday night. “The pros are you can s it back and dig yourself f or a couple of days, and that’s always fun to know, right?” Royals manager Ned Yost said this week. “And the cons are, you j ust get anxious to go. Y ou’ve got to throw maybe some simulated games in batting practice to keep guys sharp.” New York might be b est served rooting for K ansas City, the defending AL champion, to finish off the Blue Jays as quickly as possible. The last four times a t eam coming off an LCS sweep faced a team that went the distance to reach the Fall Classic, the club with the extended layoff got wiped out in the W orld Series. In fact, the squads w ith all the extra time off went a combined 2-16 in those World Series games. The last two such Series were sweeps: Boston over Colorado in 2007, a nd San Francisco over Detroit in 2012. T hose Tigers were managed by Jim Leyland, alongtime mentor to Collins. Leyland also piloted t he 2006 Tigers, who swept Oakland in the ALCS but lost the World Series 4-1to a St. Louis team that went seven g ames with the Mets in t he NLCS. That performance was particularly sloppy, with Detroit pitchers struggling over and over to m ake accurate throws to t he bases. “I think he had the better team at that time, but the team that’s playing the best is the team that w ins and we’ve got to get o urselves ready to play,” Collins said. “That’s why I asked him about all the preparation and stuff and he said, ‘Listen, play the b est players, don’t ever take anything for granted, and by the way there’s nothing you can do between now and when that game starts that’s going t o get them ready — except themselves. You can’t simulate a game, y ou can’t simulate 46,000 people in here, the flag w aving, the pressure of 3-2 with the bases loaded.’ So he said, ‘Go about your job and make sure that g uys are prepared and that’s all you can do.’” Leyland even brought players up to Detroit from the Florida instruct ional league to scrim- m age with the Tigers, Collins recalled. “Didn’t help,” he said. Yet he said general manager Sandy Alderson t hought it was a benefit to h is 1989 Oakland Athletics when they played in the Arizona instructional league during the earthquake-interrupted World S eries against San Franc isco. “But they had crowds,” Collins explained. “So he said he thought it really helped t hem out.” New York need look no further than the Cubs team it just vanquished to see the potential drawbacks of a layoff. Chicago h ad three days off after eliminating the rival St. Louis Cardinals in their D ivision Series and had won 12 of 13 overall be- f ore its young sluggers were stopped cold in the NLCS. The tired Mets, mean- w hile, had only one day to relax following a tense, five-game series against the Dodgers that required four cross-count ry flights in a 10-day s pan. “The extra rest we’re going to get right now is going to benefit us more than hurt us,” Collins s aid. L ooking to stay sharp this week, the Mets held a voluntary workout Friday at Citi Field. Collins and his players proudly w ore sweats and caps w ith World Series logos, and it appeared a little more than half the team attended. Beginning on Satur- d ay, the intensity will increase. “Tomorrow it’ll be a full-blown thing,” Collins said. “We’re going to get some live pitching and s ome live hitting and some other things. I gave s ome guys the day off today. You know, we’ve got acouple guys that got a little banged up in Chicago, so I told them, ‘Listen, let’s use an extra day j ust to make sure, to give you some extra rest so t hat when Saturday comes and we start the live pitching, everybody’s ready.’” M urphy, the NLCS MVP, must be eager to get back in the batter’s box. He’s homered in a record six straight postseason g ames and had seven o verall in the playoffs. But the time off could do Yoenis Cespedes some good. After exiting the NLCS finale, the slugger r eceived a cortisone in- j ection in his sore left shoulder Thursday and was told not to participate in baseball activities for 24 hours, Mets spokes- m an Jay Horwitz said. C espedes is expected to be ready for the World Series. “We’re fortunate to have taken care of our b usiness quick,” reserve infielder Kelly Johnson said. “To be honest with you, it helps guys who are banged up. It helps the rotation. I think we just take t he positives and look at those.” BASEBALL Despite other teams’ history, Mets welcome some time off MIKE FITZPATRICK ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom walks onto the field for a voluntary team workout on Friday. NEW YORK - Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has received a cortisone injection in his sore left shoulder, and the team expects him to be ready for the World Series next week. Cespedes left W ednesday night’s NL C hampionship Series fin ale at Chicago in the s econd inning. The slugger had the injection on Thursday and was told not to participate in baseball activities for 24 hours, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Cespedes did not attend Friday’s voluntary workout at Citi Field. Mets manager Terry Collins says: “We’ve got it taken care of. The doctors, they said, look, he’ll b e OK, and so tomorrow we’ll find out.” Hitting coach Kevin Long said Cespedes thought he got hurt doing push-ups. “He didn’t do it playing golf,” Collins said. Cespedes receives cortisone injection ASSOCIATED PRESS AP Yoenis Cespedes arrives back in New York Thursday. ROYALS METS WORLD SERIES ROYALS METS WORLD SERIES WORLD SERIES WORLD SERIES WORLD SE WORLD SERIES

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