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AMERICAN LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES/ GAME 4 REPORT

Turning Points

October 13, 2002|Houston Mitchell

Again, Troy Glaus came through when it counted for the Angels. With no score in the seventh, he singled to left to knock in the Angels' first run, putting a dent in Brad Radke's armor. His hit opened the floodgates, as the Angels scored twice in the seventh and five more times in the eighth.

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Before this series began, many people claimed the Twins' bullpen was as good, if not better, than the Angels'. Well, the collapses in Games 3 and 4 put an end to those beliefs in a hurry, as Twin fans must be wondering if any reliever on their team can get an out.

*--* THE BIG PLAY

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*--* THE BIG LETDOWN

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*--* NOT IN THE BOX SCORE

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Rookie John Lackey has pitched 10 innings in the playoffs and has given up only six hits and one walk while striking out 10. His earned-run average is 0.00. He struggled down the stretch during the season but has been outstanding in the postseason and looks like a veteran on the mound.

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*--* DID YOU NOTICE?

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Francisco Rodriguez is becoming one of the Angels' first real cult heroes. The fans come to their feet when he pitches. Finally, the Angels have found someone who might rival "Fernandomania" and "Nomomania" in popularity. The fact he has struck out seven of the 13 Twins he has faced doesn't hurt.

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