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Red Sox short hops10/13/2004 2:42 AM ET
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- The good news for the Red Sox Nation is Tuesday's 10-7 loss to the Yankees is only the first game of the American League Championship Series.
A look at key statistics through Game 1 of the ALCS. Team stats
Schilling's three-inning outing was the shortest postseason outing of his career. In 12 previous starts, he failed to last fewer than seven innings only twice. The six runs allowed were his second-most allowed in a postseason game. Frozen moment
Trailing 2-0 in the third with two runners on base, Schilling walked Gary Sheffield on a 3-2 pitch during a seven-pitch at-bat to load the bases. In need of a strike, Schilling grooved the next pitch to Hideki Matsui and Matsui made him pay for it with a bases-clearing double for a 5-0 lead. Schilling would give up another run and finish the inning, but it would be his last. Slick move
Schilling did not have it Tuesday night and Red Sox manager Terry Francona made the right move by pulling him after three innings and six runs. The big right-hander threw 58 pitches -- likely too many to bring him back on short rest -- but never count the big fella out in any situation. If he can walk, he can pitch. His sore right ankle will determine the former. Too little, too late?
Jason Varitek's seventh-inning, two-run home run was his first hit at Yankee Stadium this season. He came into Tuesday's game 0-for-34 and extended the slump to 0-for-36 before the homer. He finished 2-for-4 and has four home runs in LCS games, a Red Sox record. ALCS comebacks
In three of the last four ALCS, the team losing Game 1 has gone on to win the series -- New York in 2000, Anaheim in 2002 and New York again in 2003. In 34 previous ALCS matchups, the team winning Game 1 has gone on to win the series 21 times. Last word
"Even when we were down 6-0, 8-0, they just kept saying, 'We will peck away,' and we did. We really were not down at any time. We thought we could come back."
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