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10/26/05 6:31 PM ET

World Series Game 4 pregame notes

White Sox vs. Astros, Minute Maid Park

2005 WORLD SERIES PROBABLE PITCHERS (Records listed are regular season/postseason)

Game 4 at Houston: FREDDY GARCIA (14-8, 3.87/2-0, 3.21) vs. BRANDON BACKE (10-8, 4.76/0-0, 4.91)

Game 5 at Houston*: JOSE CONTRERAS (15-7, 3.61/3-1, 3.09) vs. ROGER CLEMENS (13-8, 1.87/2-1, 5.63)

*If Necessary


FREDDY GARCIA makes his World Series debut tonight and 3rd start of this postseason. The righthander has won both of his postseason starts in 2005, winning at Boston in the 3rd and deciding game of the Division Series (5 ip, 5 h, 3 r-er) and at Anaheim in Game 4 of the ALCS (9 ip, 6 h, 2 r-er). He is 5-2, 3.56 in eight career postseason starts with Seattle and Chicago.

ROAD WINS: With a win tonight, Garcia will become the 1st pitcher to win three road games in a single postseason since Atlanta's John Smoltz in 1996. Smoltz won Game 1 of the DS at Los Angeles, Game Game 5 of the NLCS at St. Louis, and Game 1 of the World Series at New York.

BRANDON BACKE will also be making his 1st appearance in the fall classic tonight and his 4th appearance/3 start of the postseason. The righthander is has no record and a 4.91 era (6 er/11 ip) in this postseason with no decision in starts vs. Atlanta in Game 4 of the NLDS (4.1 ip, 5 h, 5 r-er) and vs. St. Louis in Game 4 of the NLCS (5.2 ip, 2 h, 1 r-er). Backe is 1-0, 3.64 (12 er/29.2 ip) in six games/five starts in his postseason career, the lone win coming in a start in Game of the 2004 NLDS vs. Atlanta.


1Saturday, Oct. 22@Chicago 5, Houston 3WP-Contreras/LP-Rodriguez/41,206
2Sunday, Oct. 23@Chicago 7, Houston 6WP-Cotts/LP-Lidge/41,432
 Monday, Oct. 24OFF DAY 
3Tuesday, Oct. 25Chicago 7, @Houston 5 (14)WP-Marte/LP-Astacio/42,848
4Wednesday, Oct. 26Minute Maid Park7:33 p.m. CDT
*5Thursday, Oct. 27Minute Maid Park7:28 p.m. CDT
 Friday, Oct. 28OFF DAY 
*6Saturday, Oct. 29U.S. Cellular Field7:58 p.m. CDT
*7Sunday, Oct. 30U.S. Cellular Field8:13 p.m. CDT

*If Necessary

3-0 LEADS: The Chicago White Sox are the 22nd team in 101 World Series to win the 1st three games of the fall classic. It marks the 2nd consecutive year that a team has gone ahead, 3-0 (Boston in 2004), and is the 4th time in the last eight series beginning 1998 that it has been the case (Yankees in 1998 and 1999).

Overall, it marks the 5th time that a team has taken a 3-0 advantage in at least two straight World Series. In addition to 1998 and 1999, the Yankees accomplished the feat in 1927 and 1928 and in three consecutive Series from 1937-37. The other occasion was the A's in 1989, followed by the Reds in 1990.

A SURE THING: Of the previous 21 teams to win the 1st three games of the World Series, all have gone on to win the World Championship, 18 in four games. Four straight wins have been the outcome on each of the last six 3-0 scenarios, Reds in 1976, A's in 1989, Reds in 1990, Yankees in 1998 and 1999, and Red Sox in 2004.

The three Series where teams avoided elimination in Game 4 all ended in five games:

1910Chicago (NL)Philadelphia (AL)CHC, 4-3 (10)PHI, 4-1
1937New York (NL)New York (AL)NYG, 7-3NYY, 4-1
1970CincinnatiBaltimoreCIN, 6-3BAL, 4-1

The only time in postseason history that a team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series was the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees.

SWEEPING ON THE ROAD: A team has completed a 4-0 Series win on the road on ten occasions with five of the last six sweeps occurring in that fashion: Reds in 1976, A's in 1989, Reds in 1990, Yankees in 1998, and Red Sox in 2004. The lone exception in this span was New York winning Games 3 and 4 at Yankee Stadium in 1999.

THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX seek to end the 2nd longest drought in World Series history tonight. The Pale Hose have gone 87 years since winning their last World title in 1917, The only longer dry spell belongs to the Chicago Cubs, 97 years since last winning in 1908. It would also mean that two of the three longest Series droughts in history would have ended in consecutive fall classics. The Red Sox ended 85 years of coming up empty between 1919 and 2003 with their four-game sweep over the Cardinals in 1954.

The next longest drought belongs to Cleveland, 57 years since winning in n1948.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS: The White Sox have won their last six games of this postseason since dropping Game 1 of the ALCS to Los Angeles and are 10-1 overall (3-0 in DS; 4-1 in LCS; 3-0 in WS). Since the beginning of Division play and the LCS in 1969, only six teams have gone through a postseason with one or fewer losses:

1999New York (AL)11-1ALCS Game 3
1989Oakland8-1ALCS Game 3
1969New York (NL)7-1WS Game 1
1970Baltimore7-1WS Game 4
1984Detroit7-1WS Game 2


8Boston (AL)2004 ALCS Games 4-7; WS Games 1-4
7Cincinnati1976 NLCS Games 1-3; WS Games 1-4
7Atlanta1995 NLDS Game 4; NLCS Games 1-4; WS Games 1-2
7New York (AL)1998 ALCS Games 4-6; WS Games 1-4

ROAD PERFECTION: The White Sox are 5-0 on the road in this postseason, winning Game 3 in Boston in Division Series, Games 3-5 in Anaheim in the ALCS and Game 3 in Houston on Tuesday. The best road record in a single postseason belongs to the 1996 New York Yankees, who were 8-0 (2-0 in DS at Texas; 3-0 in ALCS at Baltimore; 3-0 in WS at Atlanta).

With a victory tonight, the White Sox will become the 1st team in history to clinch all three series in the same postseason on the road.

IN GAME 4, the White Sox are winless in their 1st four trips to the World Series, losing vs. the Cubs in 1906, at the Giants in 1917, vs. the Reds in 1919, and at the Dodgers in 1959.

IN EXTRA INNINGS: The White Sox were victorious in their 1st extra inning game of this postseason on Tuesday. It was the team's 1st extra inning postseason game since a 10-inning loss to Seattle on Oct. 3, 2000, Game 1 of the Division Series vs. Seattle. The Pale Hose had dropped its last two postseason extra inning contests since winning in ten inning on October 7, 1919, Game 6 of the World Series vs. Cincinnati.

In the 2005 regular season, the ChiSox were 10-1 on the road in extra innings.

THE ASTROS need a win tonight to avoid becoming the 1st team in World Series history to be swept in its 1st trip to the fall classic. In 1907, the Detroit Tigers lost to the Chicago Cubs, 4-0 with one tie.

Houston is 7-6 in this postseason and has lost three consecutive games since defeating St. Louis in Game 6 of the NLCS. The Astros are 4-2 at Minute Maid Park in this postseason, losing the last two contests on go-ahead homers by the opponent in the 9th inning or later.

LOSING A LEAD: The Astros jumped out to a 4-0 last night before going on to lose, 7-5. It marks the 1st time that a team has lost a Series game after having a lead of at least four runs since October 26, 2002, Game 6, when the Giants had a 4-0 lead after six innings in Anaheim before losing to the Angels, 6-5.

THE AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAM has won the last seven games in World Series play since Florida captured the 6th and deciding game in 2003 at Yankee Stadium. It is the A.L.'s longest Series winning streak since the Yankees captured ten consecutive contests, four straight in 1998 and 1999 and the 1st two in 2000.

A LONG, LONG TIME: The White Sox last World Championship isn't the only thing that has been long in duration. Tuesday night's game, which ended at 1:20 a.m. Central Time, produced a number of World Series records:

• At 5 hours, 41 minutes, it was the longest game by time in World Series history by 50 minutes. The old mark of 4:51 occurred on October 21, 2000, Game 1 Mets at Yankees, in 12 innings.
• At 14 innings, it matched the longest game by innings in World Series history. The only other Series game that went more than 12 innings was on October 9, 1916, Game 2, when the Red Sox defeated the Dodgers, 2-1 at Boston. Babe Ruth pitched all 14 innings to earn the victory. It was the 55th extra inning game in World Series history, the 1st since October 22, 2003, Game 4, Yankees at Marlins, 12 innings.


Most Players Used, Both Teams - 43 (Chicago 22; Houston 21)...Old Record, 42, Minnesota at Atlanta, Oct. 2, 1991, Game 3, 12 innings
Most Pitchers Used, Both Teams - 17 (Chicago 9, Houston 8)...Old Record, 13, accomplished twice
Most Pitchers Used, One Team - 9, Chicago...Old Record, 8, accomplished 4 times including by Houston last night
Most Left On Base, Both Teams - 30 (15 each)...Old Record, 27, Oakland at New York, Oct. 14, 1973, Game 2, 12 inn.
Most Left On Base, One Team - 15 (both clubs)...Tied Record accomplished four times previously
Most Walks, Both Teams - 21 (Houston 12; Chicago 9)...Old Record, 19, New York at Milwaukee, Oct. 5, 1957, Game 3
Most Walks, One Team (Batting) - 12, Houston...Old Record, 11, accomplished three times
Most Strikeouts, Both Teams (Batting) - 25 (Houston 14; Chicago 11)...Tied Record accomplished three times
Most Hit By Pitches, Both Teams - 3 (Chicago 2; Houston 1)...Tied Record accomplished nine times
Most Putouts, Both Teams - 84 (42 each)...Old Record: 82, Brooklyn at Boston, Oct. 9, 1916, Game 2
Most Putouts, One Team - 42 (both clubs)...Tied Record accomplished by Boston on Oct. 9, 1916, Game 2
Most Double Plays, Both Teams - 6 (Houston 4, Chicago 2)...Tied Record accomplished four times
Most At-Bats, Game, One Player - 8, Scott Podsednik...Old Record, 7, Don Hahn, NY Mets, Oct. 14, 1973, Game 2, 12 innings at Oakland...Tadahito Iguchi and Jermaine Dye also had seven at bats last night.


• The two teams combined to throw 482 pitches in the game.
• Chicago had 53 at bats, one shy of the World Series record for a game set by the New York Mets on Oct. 14, 1973, Game 2, 12 innings.
• The two teams combined for 100 total bat bats, also one shy of the World Series record set by the Mets and A's on Oct. 14, 1973, Game 2, 12 innings at New York.

ASTROS AND LONG POSTSEASON GAMES: There have now been six games in postseason history that have lasted at least 14 innings, and three of those have been played here in Houston. The Braves and Astros played the longest postseason game ever, 18 innings in Game 4 of the 2005 N.L. Division Series here at Minute Maid Park,, and the Mets and Astros were involved in the 2nd longest game, 16 innings in Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS at the Astrodome.


18Oct. 9, 2005/Game 4 NLDSMinute Maid Park, HoustonAstros 7, Braves 6
16Oct. 15, 1986/Game 6 NLCSAstrodome, HoustonMets 7, Astros 6
15Oct. 4, 1995/Game 2 ALDSYankee Stadium, New YorkYankees 7, Mariners 5
15Oct. 17, 1999/Game 5 NLCSShea Stadium, New YorkMets 4, Braves 3
14Oct. 9, 1916/Game 2 WSBraves Field, BostonRed Sox 2, Dodgers 1
14Oct. 25, 2005/Game 3 WSMinute Maid Park, HoustonWhite Sox 7, Astros 5

LATE GO-AHEAD HOMERS: The White Sox have hit go-ahead homers in the 9th inning or later in each of the last two games of this Series. Scott Podsednik won Game 2 with a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th, and Geoff Blum had the game-winning homer in the top of the 14th inning last night. Chicago is the 1st team in World Series history to ever accomplish that feat more than once in the same Series.

GEOFF BLUM became the 30th player to homer in his 1st career World Series at bat with his 14th inning blast on Tuesday. He is the 2nd player to do that in this Series as Houston's Mike Lamb went deep in his 1st at bat in Game 1.Blum is the 1st White Sox player to ever accomplish that feat. Blum had been 0-1 in this postseason and had six homers in the regular season, five with San Diego and one with Chicago.

Blum also became the first player to ever ht a go-ahead World Series homer in the 9th inning or later against his former team. Blum played with Houston in 2002-03.

COOPERSTOWN BOUND: Blum has donated the bat that he used to hit Tuesday's game-winning homer to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The Hall of Fame will also be taking dirt from the pitchers mound and area around home plate at Minute Maid Park from Tuesday's game, the 1st World Series game ever played in Texas.

MARK BUEHRLE recorded the final out of Tuesday's game for his 1st save ever in the major leagues. Buehrle recorded his only pro saves at Burlington in 1999 (3). Last night was his 1st appearance in relief since October 4, 2000, Game 2 of the A.L. Division Series vs. Seattle.

Buehrle became the 1st pitcher in World Series history to start and earn a save in consecutive World Series games. He started without a decision in Game 2 on Sunday in Chicago. Buehrle is the 1st pitcher to start a game and save a game in the same World Series since Oakland's Catfish Hunter in 1974. Hunter saved Game 1 of that Series vs. Los Angeles and was the starter and winner in Game 3. That save was the only one of Hunter's major league career.

In addition to Buehrle and Hunter, the only other pitcher to earn his 1st major league save in a World Series game was Cleveland's Brian Anderson on Oct. 22, 1997, Game 4 vs. Florida.

RELIEF LOSSES: All three Houston losses in this Series have been charged to the bullpen, Wandy Rodriguez in Game 1, Brad Lidge in Game 2, and Ezequiel Astacio in Game 3. It marks the 1st time since 1981 that a team has sustained three relief losses in a World Series. In that year, George Frazier lost three games in relief for the New York Yankees in their six-game defeat to Los Angeles,

BULLPEN FIGURES: Chicago has posted a 2.45 era (3 er/11 ip) in the 1st three games of this Series. The bullpen era for Houston is 4.96 (9 er/16.1 ip).

PAUL KONERKO has 15 rbi in his 10 postseason games, four of the all-time rbi mark for a single postseason:


19Sandy Alomar, Jr.Cleveland199718
19Scott SpiezioAnaheim200216
19David OrtizBoston200414
17John ValentinBoston199910
17Rich AuriliaSan Francisco200217
17Ivan RodriguezFlorida200317
16Barry BondsSan Francisco200217
16Benito SantiagoSan Francisco200217
16Fred McGriffAtlanta199615

Konerko also has five homers in this postseason. The record is eight, by Barry Bonds in 2002.

LANCE BERKMAN is Houston's leader with 14 rbi in this postseason. He has driven in six runs in the World Seires with at least one run in each of the 1st three games. The last player to drive in a run in the 1st 3 games of a World Series was Arizona's Matt Williams in 2001.

HITTNG SAFELY IN ALL THREE GAMES: Lance Berkman is the only Houston player to hit safely in each of the 1st three games of this Series, something that's been accomplished by eight members of the White Sox: Joe Crede, Jermaine Dye, Carl Everett, Paul Konerko, A.J. Pierzynski, Scott Podsednik, Aaron Rowand, and Juan Uribe.

BATTING NOTES: The White Sox are hitting .300 in the 1st three of this Series. That would currently be the 3rd teem to bat .300 or better in the World Series beginning 1995, Yankees in 1998 (.309) and Angels in 2002 (.310). Houston batters have fanned 29 times in three games. The record for a four-game Series is 37 by the Yankees in 1963 against the Dodgers.


FIRST PITCH: Hall of Fame pitching great Juan Marichal will make the toss to 10-time Gold Glove recipient Ivan Rodriguez

STAR SPANGLED BANNER: Grammy award winner Jon Secada

GOD BLESS AMERICA: Grammy recipient and Texas native Lyle Lovett


STAR SPANGLED BANNER: Country duo Big & Rich

GOD BLESS AMERICA: Texas native Lee Ann Womack

DELIVERING THE FIRST PITCH: Prior to every World Series Game, one youth from a local chapter of Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) in the host city will deliver the game ball to the mound.

Academy Award Nominee Edward James Olmos to Emcee Pre-Game Ceremony Live on FOX

Major League Baseball (MLB) and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, will unveil the "Chevrolet presents the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team," prior to Game Four of the 2005 World Series.

Academy Award nominee, Edward James Olmos will emcee the pre-game ceremony which will recognize the 12 players selected by the fans to the "Chevrolet Presents the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team." The festivities will be televised live to viewers in the United States by FOX Sports on Wednesday, October 26 at 8:00 p.m. EDT and to viewers around the globe by MLB International and its rightsholders.

The "Chevrolet presents the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team" program was created to commemorate the storied history and immense contribution that players of Latin American heritage have made to Major League Baseball. As part of the program, a special ballot was created that featured 60 Latino players representing seven different countries and territories. Representatives of Major League Baseball and the editorial staff at MLB.com, the official Web site of Major League Baseball, selected the current and former Latino MLB players who appeared on the ballot. In addition, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum provided statistical research services for the program.

From August 29 through October 10, fans were able to vote via English and Spanish ballots in participating Chevy dealerships nationwide, or online at MLB.com. Chevy supported the program with special ballot boxes and program themed point-of-sale materials in participating Chevy dealerships.

The final "Chevrolet presents the Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team" selected by the fans consists of eight position players, one at each infield position and three outfielders, three starting pitchers and one rehlief pitcher.

As the presenting sponsor of the "Major League Baseball Latino Legends Team," Chevy launched an exciting sweepstakes which will give one lucky fan a trip for four to Game Four of the 2005 World Series and behind the scenes access to the official unveiling of the team. Fans entered the sweepstakes through the paper ballot available at participating dealerships and online at MLB.com.

WORLD SERIES SHORTS: NEAL COTTS and BOBBY JENKS and CHAD QUALLS have each pitched in all 3 games of this Series. Only 2 pitchers have appeared in all game of a 4-Game World Series, JEFF NELSON with the Yankees in 1999 and KEITH FOULKE in 2004...A win by the White Sox tonight would end a string of 3 straight Wild Card teams winning the World Series...With consecutive victories by NEAL COTTS and DAMASO MARTE, the White Sox are the 1st team with consecutive World Series win by its bullpen since San Francisco in 2002, TODD WORRELL in Game 4 and CHAD ZERBE in Game 5...A win tonight would make OZZIE GUILLEN (41 years, 9 mos. 5 days) the youngest manager to won a World Series since Minnesota's TOM KELLY (41-2-12) in 1991.

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