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Red Sox Blank Angels To Open Playoffs

Josh Beckett pitched his third career postseason
shutout and hurled the Boston Red Sox over the Los Angeles Angels
4-0 in their AL playoff opener. Beckett tossed a four-hitter.
Beckett retired 19 consecutive batters after a leadoff single.
He ran his postseason scoreless streak to 18 innings. The last time
he pitched on such a stage, he blanked the New York Yankees to
clinch the 2003 World Series for Florida.
The last pitcher with consecutive postseason shutouts was
current teammate Curt Schilling, who threw one for the Phillies in
1993 and Arizona in 2001. Christy Mathewson is the only pitcher
with four postseason shutouts. Beckett tied Whitey Ford and
Mordecai Brown with three.
Kevin Youkilis set the tone with a homer in the first inning
against the Angels ace. David Ortiz added a two-run shot, his ninth
career postseason home. Both homers came off Angels loser John
Lackey.
Game Two is Friday with Daisuke Matsuzaka facing the Angels' Kelvim Escobar.


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