Baseball Today Saturday, Oct. 12
Undated (AP) _ Pittsburgh at Atlanta (3 p.m. EDT). John Smiley, one of only four 20- game winners at 20-8, pitches for Pittsburgh against John Smoltz (14-13).
Minnesota at Toronto (8:26 p.m. EDT). Jack Morris (18-12), who won Game 1 for the Twins, pitches against Todd Stottlemyre (15-8). STREAKS
Mike Pagliarulo’s pinch-hit homer with one out in the 10th inning of Game 3 Friday night ended a streak of 12 consecutive scoreless innings by Toronto’s bullpen. STATS
Minnesota’s Chuck Knoblauch has already set a record for most hits in the AL playoffs by a rookie with six. The NL record is nine by Gregg Jefferies of the New York Mets in 1988. SWINGS
Roberto Alomar has 18 sacrifice bunts this season, including two in the playoffs. Last season, Toronto had 18 sacrifices all season. STOPPERS
Toronto’s Tom Henke pitched 7 2-3 scoreless innings in the first three games of the playoffs. In the first three games, Minnesota relievers allowed just one unearned run in 12 1-3 innings. SUBS
Minnesota’s Mike Pagliarulo hit the sixth playoff pinch homer in Game 3 Friday night. The last in the AL was by Kansas City’s Pat Sheridan on Oct. 9, 1985, in the ninth inning against Toronto. SLUGGERS
Joe Carter’s homer in Game 3 snapped a streak of 51 consecutive homerless innings by the AL in the playoffs. SLUMPS
Toronto has lost three consecutive postseason games in the SkyDome. ... Candy Maldonado of the Blue Jays broke a 1-for-15 playoff slump in Game 3. Lifetime, he is 2-for-23 in the playoffs. STEALS
Ron Gant of the Atlanta Braves stole three bases in NL Game 2, tying the playoff record shared by Cincinnati’s Joe Morgan and Ken Griffey in 1975 and tied by Los Angeles’ Steve Sax in a 12-inning game in 1988. STADIA
Roberto Alomar and Candy Maldonado of the Blue Jays live in a hotel that is part of the SkyDome complex. Neither player has to pay for his room. Rooms at the hotel are going for up to $1,000 during the playoffs, which is two to four times what the cost during the season. SURPRISES
The Atlanta Braves surprised many by making the NL playoffs - including, apparently, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ public relations department. The table of contents in the Pirates’ postseason media guide contains listings for Pirates Statistics vs. Los Angeles (Page 71) and Pirates-Dodgers box scores (Page 73). SKIPPERS
Jeff Torborg quit as manager of the Chicago White Sox on Friday and signed a four-year contract to manage the New York Mets. SIDELINED
Toronto right fielder Joe Carter had to leave Game 3 of the AL playoffs with a mild sprain of his right ankle. He was examined by Blue Jays team physician Dr. Allan Gross. Carter was to be re-examined today. STATUS
The Milwaukee Brewers assigned pitchers Don August, Jim Hunter and Jim Czajkowski to Denver of the American Association and purchased the contracts of outfielder John Jaha and Jim Tatum, and pitcher Otis Green from El Paso of the Texas League, and catcher Joe Kmak from Denver. SPEAKING
″It was the biggest game of my life. I was looking to hit the ball up the middle, but the ball was over the plate so I pulled it. I almost missed first base.″ - Mike Pagliarulo on his dramatic home run for Minnesota in Game 3 of the AL playoffs, giving the Twins a 3-2, 10-inning victory over Toronto. SEASONS Oct. 12
1916 - The Boston Red Sox won the World Series in five games with a 4-1 victory over the Brooklyn Dodgers. Ernie Shore pitched a three-hitter for Boston.
1920 - Cleveland’s Stan Coveleski won his third game of the World Series as the Indians beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 3-0 and won the title 5 games to 2.
1982 - Paul Molitor of Milwaukee had five hits, a World Series record, in a 10-0 victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis in Game 1. Mike Caldwell pitched the shutout for the Brewers.
1986 - The California Angels were one pitch away from their first pennant when they let the Boston Red Sox back into the AL playoffs with a wild, 11- inning 7-6 victory in Game 5.
1987 - The Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 9-5 and won their first AL pennant in 22 years. The Twins, with the worst road record of any pennant or division winner in history (29-52), won two of three at Detroit to win the series 4-1.
Today’s Birthday: Sid Fernandez 28.