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Thursday, October 4, 2007
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DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2007 3 D MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Francis tames Phillies as Rockies keep rolling ROB MAADDI THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA - Bandbox or not, this was no day for hitters. Jeff Francis held the league's highest-scoring team in check and the Colorado Rockies took advantage of one shaky inning by Cole Hamels to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in Game 1 of their National League playoff series Wednesday. "Who would've thought a good old-fashioned National League game would break out in this ballpark?" Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. Making just the second postseason appearance in their 15-year history, the Rockies played like October regulars. Colorado posted its second playoff victory, the other coming in 1995, and won for the 15th time in 16 games. Matt Holliday, his chin still cut up from the face-first slide that won Monday's wild-card tiebreaker over San Diego, hit a solo home run. "Anytime you expect a slug-fest, you get a pitching duel," Holliday said. Francis pitched six effective innings and stayed out of big trouble, mostly by shutting down the Phillies' top hitters. Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Jimmy Rollins combined to go 0-for-ll with eight strikeouts. Utley, a .332 hitter, struck out P05T5EF15Dn MARK DUNCAN The Associated Press Chien-Ming Wang is scheduled to start Game 1 of the ALDS for the Yankees while C.C. Sabathia will pitch for Cleveland. Both pitchers won 19 games during the regular season. Yankees benefit from plenty of postseason experience TOM WITHERS THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CLEVELAND - The New York Yankees have bat boys with more playoff experience than most of the Cleveland Indians. The big boys from the Bronx have enough World Series rings to fill up a jewelry store's display case. They've owned Octobers, winning 26 championships as the most successful franchise in professional sports. They've earned their pinstripes in the postseason. So clearly they have a huge advantage in the first round of these American League playoffs against the Cleveland Indians, a team loaded with young players who have never made a cleat mark on fall baseball's frightening stage. Derek Jeter, though, has seen his share of fresh-faced playoff teams thrive. "We lost to Anaheim one year, and I don't think they had any experience and went on to win the championship," New York's All-Star shortstop said Wednesday. "We lost to the Florida Marlins, and they didn't have any ex PLAYOFF SCHEDULE American League Boston vs. Los Angeles Wednesday Boston 4, Los Angeles 0, Boston leads 1-0 Friday Los Angeles (Escobar 16-7) at Boston (Matsuzaka 15-121,8:37 p.m. Sunday Boston (Schilling 9-8) at Los Angeles (Weaver 13-7), 3:07 p.m. Cleveland vs. New York Today New York (Wang 19-7) at Cleveland (Sabathia MEL EVANS The Associated Press Colorado's Matt Holliday is greeted by Todd Helton after a solo homer against the Phillies in Game 1. Colorado won 4-2. four times for the second time in way better than the other times his career. I've seen him," Phillies manager "Some of the hitters may have Charlie Manuel said, been uptight, but Francis was Francis' only problems came K . id ,r - perience. It doesn't make a difference. It's one of those things that if you win they say experience helps and if you don't, then the other team was hungrier." Jeter's argument aside, there are 19 Yankees on this year's playoff roster who have played in a total of 606 postseason games. On the other side, the Indians have only eight players with 161 games of playoff practice. Further, New York's Joe Torre, the winningest manager in postseason history, will fill out a Yankees lineup card for the 120th time in the playoffs. For Cleveland's Eric Wedge, it will be game No. 1. But don't expect the Indians or their manager to be rattled. "Yeah, it a bigger stage and more emphasis is going to be put on it," Cleveland closer Joe Bo-rowski said. "It's tough to say right now how it's going to affect, us, but being around this team all year, I can't see it being like this big, oh-my-goodness kind of feeling. I've never seen this team feel like there was a situation where it couldn't achieve or 19-7), 6:37 p.m. Friday New York (Pettitte 15-9) at Cleveland (Carmona 19-8). 5:07 p.m. Sunday Cleveland (Westbrook 6-9) at New York (Clemens 6-6), 6:37 p.m. National League Arizona vs. Chicago Wednesday Chicago at Arizona Today Chicago (Lilly 15-8) at Arizona (Davis 13-12), 10:07 mm, ft fc M,.' . .myf I Ji ilT couldn't succeed. "I don't see it being a huge deal." While the Yankees, who were eliminated in four games last year by Detroit in the opening round and haven't won it all since 2000 (sorry, George), have been here more often, they know nothing is guaranteed once the games begin. Mostly because they went 6-0 against the Indians this season, the wild-card-winning Yankees are favored to take care of Cleveland, making its playoff return after a six-year hiatus. "They smoked us pretty good at home," said DH Travis Hafner, who sat out the three-game series at Jacobs Field in August with an injured hamstring. "But we feel like we're playing our best baseball of the year now and we've got our pitching lined up, so we feel pretty good about that." C.C. Sabathia will start Game 1 for the Indians against New York's Chien-Ming Wang, a matchup of 19-game winners who each have a chance to set the tone for their teams. p.m. Saturday Arizona (Hernandez 11-11) at Chicago (Hill 11-8), 6:07 p.m. Philadelphia vs. Colorado Wednesday Colorado 4, Philadelphia 2 Colorado leads series 1-0 Today Colorado at Philadelphia (Kendrick 10-4), 3:07 p.m. Saturday Philadelphia (Lohse 9-12 or Moyer 14-12) at Colorado, 9:37 p.m. in the fifth when Aaron Rowand and Pat Burrell hit consecutive homers. The left-hander gave up four hits and struck out eight. Once the 17-game winner departed, three relievers pitched three hit-less innings, with Manny Corpas closing for a save. With the two highest-scoring teams in the league playing in two of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in the majors, this series figured to see plenty of runs. Instead, the clubs combined for six runs and 10 hits in the opener. Many hitters expected the late-afternoon shadows to be a problem, and they certainly struggled. Francis used a mix of off-speed pitches to keep a potent lineup off balance and improve to 9-0 in day games this season. "I'm always aware of my success or nonsuccess I have against teams," said Francis, who had a 15.12 ERA against the Phils this season. "Today, my execution was better." Game 2 is this afternoon with rookies Kyle Kendrick and Franklin Morales taking the mound. Kendrick (10-4) made the jump from Double-A to bail out Philly's depleted staff in June. 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I still have to go out there and get it done in a game, and that's something completely different, but I feel good." The right-hander will get in two bullpen sessions today and Friday, and as long as he doesn't have any setbacks, Clemens will be on the mound when the series shifts to Yankee Stadium with Game 3 Sunday night. Red Sox Mr. President: Broadcaster and former Boston second baseman Jerry Remy beat a handful of "regular fans" in a landslide in voting for "President of Red Sox Nation." Remy received 39,120 votes of more than 70,000 cast by Internet, text messaging and postcard over a four-day period that ended Tuesday. In second place with 13,669 votes was "Regular Rob" Crawford, a singer who wrote and performed the tune "I'm A Member of Red Sox Nation" as part of his campaign. Jared Car- Seniors 55 Mon.-Fri. $18 18 Holes wcart Sat.Sun. $25 18 Holes wcart ?m-11m $22 Mon.-Fri. & il 'Sun. 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Team president Mark Lamping said Jocketty's departure with a year remaining on his contract was a mutual decision and that he'd be paid. Team CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said Jocketty and the Cardinals had "cordially and respectfully parted ways." . "We were in agreement our arrangement had likely run its course," DeWitt said. New York Mets Glavine ponders future: Tom Glavine is likely to decline his $13 million option with the New York Mets by Friday's deadline, giving the pitcher time to think about his future. Glavine's contract said he must make a decision on the option by the fifth day after the Mets concluded their season. "Tom and I have been having discussions since Sunday. As he has indicated on prior occasions, he's going to take time with his wife and his family and consider all of his options and then make his decision," Glavine's agent, Gregg Clifton, said Wednesday. "It is doubtful he'll be able to conclude that process prior to Friday." 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