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    Congratulations to Two Postseason Record Setters: Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays and Matt Stairs of the Philadelphia Phillies

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    Last night, Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays went 5-for-5 with 2 doubles, 1 triple, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored vs. the Boston Red Sox in the fourth game of the ALCS. Tampa Bay won, 13-4. Crawford became only the seventh player in Major League Baseball history to get 5 hits in a postseason game. The others:

    Derek Jeter (New York Yankees) went 5-for-5 with 1 home run, 2 doubles, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored vs. the Detroit Tigers in the first game of the ALDS on October 3, 2006. The Yankees won, 8-4.

    Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) went 5-for-6 with 2 homers, 2 doubles, 5 RBI and 5 runs scored vs. the Boston Red Sox in the third game of the ALCS on October 16, 2004. The Yankees won, 19-8.

    Mike Stanley (Boston Red Sox) went 5-for-6 with 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI and 3 runs scored vs. the Cleveland Indians in the fourth game of the ALDS on October 10, 1999. Boston won, 23-7.

    Marquis Grissom (Atlanta Braves) went 5-for-5 with 1 double, 1 RBI and 1 runs scored vs. the Colorado Rockies in Game 4 of the NLDS on October 7, 1995. Atlanta won, 10-4.

    Paul Molitor (Milwaukee Brewers) went 5-for-6 with 2 RBI and 1 run scored vs. the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the World Series on October 12, 1982. Milwaukee won, 10-0.

    Paul Blair (Baltimore Orioles) went 5-for-6 with 2 doubles, 1 home run, 5 RBI and 1 run scored vs. the Minnesota Twins in the third game of the American League playoffs on October 6, 1969. Baltimore won, 11-2.

    Crawford also set a record by accumulating 9 total bases without hitting a home run in a postseason game. He eclipsed four players who were tied with 8 total bases:

    Tommy Leach (Pittsburgh Pirates) with 2 singles and 2 triples vs. the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series on October 1, 1903. Pittsburgh won, 7-3.

    Frank Isbell (Chicago White Sox) with 4 doubles vs. the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the World Series on October 13, 1906. The White Sox won, 8-6.

    Billy Hatcher (Cincinnati Reds) with 2 doubles and 1 triple vs. the Oakland Athletics in Game 2 of the World Series on October 17, 1990. Cincinnati won, 5-4.

    Mike Stanley on October 10, 1999 vs. Cleveland.

    From the National League:

    When Matt Stairs hit his pinch-hit home run to win the fourth game of the NLDS vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday night, he set a record as the oldest major league player to hit a pinch-hit homer in a postseason game. Only 9 players 35 or older, including Stairs, have accomplished that feat. The other 8 include:

    Johnny Mize (39, New York Yankees) against the Brooklyn Dodgers in the third game of the World Series on October 3, 1952. The Dodgers won, 5-3

    Eric Young (38, San Diego Padres) against the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game of the NLDS on October 4, 2005. The Cardinals won 8-5.

    Ruben Sierra (38, New York Yankees) against the Boston Red Sox in the fourth game of the ALCS on October 13, 2003. The Red Sox won, 3-2.



    Hank Majeski (37, Cleveland Indians) against the New York Giants in the fourth game of the World Series on October 2, 1954. The Giants won, 7-4.

    So Taguchi (37, St. Louis Cardinals) against the San Diego Padres in the third game of the NLDS on October 7, 2006. St. Louis won, 3-1.



    Jay Buhner (37, Seattle Mariners) against the New York Yankees in the third game of the ALCS on October 20, 2001. Seattle won, 14-3.

    Mark McGwire (37, St. Louis Cardinals) against the Atlanta Braves in the second game of the NLDS on October 5, 2000. St. Louis won, 10-4.



    Jay Johnstone (35, Los Angeles Dodgers) against the New York Yankees in the fourth game of the World Series on October 24, 1981. Los Angeles won 8-7.

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