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MLB Baseball Matchup
Cleveland (99-67) at Boston (99-66)
The Boston Red Sox will host the Cleveland Indians forthe American League Championships starting on Friday,October 12, 2007 at Fenway Park.
The Boston Red Sox easily swept the LA Angels, which wasn’texpected, and will get five days of rest before playingthe Tribe. The biggest part of the BoSox victory was theoutstanding pitching they got. Josh Beckett shutout theAngels in game 1 and will likely start game 1 againstthe Tribe. Daisuke Matsuzaka took game 2 and Curt Schillingclosed out the series on the road. They have yet to useknuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who’ll likely startgame 4. Relievers for the Sox haven’t had to doa lot of work, but in case they need them Hideki Okajima,Eric Gagne and Jonathan Papelbon are ready to go. Bigbatters Manney Ramirez and David Ortiz have combined for4 homers and seven RBIs but will need help from of therest of the team.
The Cleveland Indians played a superb series against theNY Yankees to advance into the American Championship.The Indians made the most devastating offensive unit looklike chumps, by outscoring them 24-16. A big stat forthe Tribe was their ability to score runs with 2 outsand players in scoring position. They’re hittershave run in 13 of its 22 RBIs with 2 outs. The Indianspitchers are getting it done with guys like C.C. Sabathia,Paul Byrd and Fausto Carmona. Their relievers, RafaelPerez and Rafael Betancourt, haven’t let in a runsince two homers late in game 4. The Tribes bats are onfire. They currently have five batters hitting over .300so far in the playoffs. Kenny Lofton, Grady Sizemore,Johnny Peralta, Victor Martinez and Ryan Garco are allcontributing as a team.