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Saturday, October 5, 2013
Where there's a Wil, there's a rarity

By Gordon Edes

BOSTON -- How rare was Wil Myers' misplay on David Ortiz's ground-rule double in Game 1, especially in October? The crack staff at ESPN Stats & Info offer this nugget:

Since 2010, there have been nearly 2,100 fly balls in postseason games. According to Baseball Info Solutions, Wil Myers was only the third player to "abandon the effort to make a play in the mistaken belief somebody else would make it." The other two were pitcher Tim Lincecum and catcher Gerald Laird, meaning Myers was the only outfielder of the group.

Mercy.

• On the topic of rarities: We passed along from Sox crack statman Jon Shestakofsky on Friday that the Sox were the first team since the 1936 Yankees to play a postseason game in which every player in the starting lineup had at least one hit and scored at least one run. That happened in Game 2 of the World Series, an 18-4 win by the Yankees over the Giants in the Polo Grounds. The Yankees had five eventual Hall of Famers in the lineup: Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Tony Lazzeri and pitcher Lefty Gomez. Dickey and Lazzeri both drove in five runs; leadoff man Frankie Crosetti had three hits and a walk and scored four times.

• Here's more on what the Sox did Friday, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

They became the first team to score at least 12 runs without hitting a home run since the Diamondbacks in the 2001 World Series against the Yankees (Game 6, 15-2). That was the game it was learned afterward that Arizona's video staff discovered that Andy Pettitte of the Yankees was tipping pitches. Only three other teams have done so in the last 50 years: the '93 Blue Jays, the '85 Cardinals, and the '78 Yankees.

• The winner of Game 1 in an AL division series has won Game 2 20 of 36 times, a .556 percentage. The Sox are 8-7-1 after winning Game 1 of a postseason series, 5-2 in their last seven Game 2's following a win.