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ALCS Game 5 Hot Sheet10/18/2004 1:48 PM ET
By Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
BOSTON -- The American League Championship Series stays at Fenway Park, where the Yankees and Red Sox will play Game 5 at 5 p.m. ET on Monday. Here is what people around the ALCS are talking about. 1. Pedro Martinez talking back to his "daddy"
In what could be his last start as a Red Sox pitcher, Martinez, a free agent at the end of the season, will be fired up and ready to go. Look for the double-finger point, the cheers, and the right-hander to come out with everything he has. The Red Sox need it if they expect to climb back into the series against a Yankees club that is looking to put the nail in the coffin. Martinez wants to prove he's not daddy's little boy anymore. 2. Curt Schilling's magical boot
They said it could not be done. They said he would not likely pitch again in this series, but look at Schilling now. Should the Red Sox win Monday, Schilling is tabbed to start Game 6 in New York, bad right ankle and all. When his injury was announced, it changed the complexion of the entire series and now that his protective shoe fits, it has changed again. Thanks Dr. Scholl.
"He did very well," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said of Schilling's throwing session Sunday. "As far as I'm concerned, it's not an issue. We've just got to get to Game 6."
3. Godzilla lives
MLB's Godzilla, Hideki Matsui, also deserves some props. He has a record eight extra-base hits in the postseason and is hitting .550. Six of Matsui's last seven hits have gone for extra bases and he has at least two extra-base hits in three of four games in the ALCS.
"I think the biggest factor is just knowing the pitchers better and what type of pitches they throw," Matsui said. "I think that's been the biggest reason."
4. Don't call him daddy. Really don't call him coach.
Reporter: "Coach, there's been a lot, lot of pitches thrown the last two nights. With the afternoon game tomorrow, is fatigue at all a factor for Jason Varitek?"
Francona: "Fatigue is going to be [a factor] for me if you keep calling me coach."
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6. Don't call them bit players
Look for these "role" players to come up big and Boston's deep bench to be a factor.
"I think Dave is one of the few runners in the league that you can put him in a situation like that, give him the green light and he can go ahead and steal a base when they are trying to hold him and not let him steal," Francona said. "He's done that a few times and directly led to wins for us."
7. Coming back from 3-0
"Whenever you get the chance to go for it and get the opportunity to win a game against them, you've got to try hard," David Ortiz said. "We are 3-1 right now. You never know what can happen, but we're going to keep playing the game."
8. Free ball, baby
The fans who missed Friday's game because of the rain will get a real treat in Martinez vs. Mike Mussina.
9. Bullpen blues
The Red Sox faithful in right field have grown tired of the constant announcements about the feats of Bernie Williams, Matsui and Rodriguez read over the P.A. system for the hordes of media seated in the auxiliary seating in the section. Boston fans don't want to hear that Williams has more LCS hits than Pete Rose with 48 and they let it be known -- loudly.
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