Motor City Shakedown

Maggliover!

Magglio Ordonez hits a three run home run in the ninth inning against Oakland Athletics pitcher Huston Street in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series in Detroit, Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. The Tigers defeated the Athletics 6-3 to sweep the Athletics and advance to the World Series.

(AP Photo)

Motor City Shakedown

Tigers Sweep to Series on Easy Street Walkoff

First ALCS Sweep Since Oakland Rocked the Red Sox in 1990
Tigers Go to the Series for the First Time Since Winning It All in 1984
Leyland's Comeback Gamble Pays Off, The Gambler Did Too

"I think early on in spring training we had a lot of good players. We didn't have a good team. And today I can make the statement that we've got a good team, and that's the thing that I'm proudest of." -- 10.14.06, Jim Leyland of the American League Champion Detroit Tigers talking about a team like the 2004 Red Sox

Soup's On

St. Louis Cardinals' Jeff Suppan is a whirl of motion as he pitches against the New York Mets in the third inning of Game 3 of the National League Championship Series Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, in St. Louis.

(AP Photo)

Why Can't Players Like That Pitch Like That for Us?
Suppan and the Boring Cardinals Roll Again, 5-0
Mets Are a Mess Without the Broken-Down Pedro Martinez
When's the Last Time Tom Glavine Was Even in Billerica?

Gammons: Playoffs Show Parity at Work

"In New York, answers were demanded. In Boston, Web sites asked why New Englanders couldn't have a spirited, "well-managed" team like the Tigers? Of course, no one raised those questions on the last weekend of the season when the Tigers needed to win one game against the Royals to get home-field advantage ... and were swept...

" 'Whether teams like the Yankees and Red Sox, who pay so much into revenue-sharing, like it or not, the fact is that this is good for the game,' says one club executive. 'If the Tigers win the World Series, it will be great for the game in a year with record attendance and record profits.'... "

"I'm not big on coaches changing teams, but Boston's hiring of John Farrell as pitching coach is one of those moves that could change the franchise. Farrell eventually will be a general manager, somewhere, and the Red Sox's 2007 season will depend greatly on the development of Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon, Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen, Edgar Martinez and, in time, Clay Buchholz, Kris Johnson, Bryce Cox, Justin Masterson and others. In the last eight months, Boston has raided the Cleveland developmental organization for Farrell and farm director Mike Hazen." -- 10.12.06, Peter Gammons ESPN Insider Blog (by subscription only)

BDD is a feature of Boston.com. All posts are by Steve Silva unless otherwise indicated.

Boston Globe:

Red Sox end losing streak > Shaughnessy: Debunking myths about the 2014 Red Sox > Cherington: Everyone needs to get better

Boston Herald:

Ortiz, Red Sox bats break out to end losing streak > Buchholz still bewildered > Memory loss haunting Red Sox

ProJo:

Lester was once a good hitter, now heading toward dubious record > Travis Shaw brings hot bat to Pawtucket > Ranaudo shines > Betts not a candidate for Boston, yet

NY Post:

St. Louis lets Ozzie Smith bid Jeter goodbye > Yanks prevail in extras again > Nonsense leads off in MLB broadcasts > Beltran elbow on mend

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