• Magglio Ordonez joins the exclusive club of eight major league players who have ended a postseason series with a home run. Bill Mazeroski was the first to do it, with a game-ending shot for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. He was then joined by Chris Chambliss (1976 ALCS for the Yankees), Joe Carter (1993 WS for Toronto), Todd Pratt (1999 NLDS for the Mets), Aaron Boone (2003 ALCS for the Yankees), David Ortiz (2004 ALDS for the Red Sox), Chris Burke (2005 NLDS for the Astros) and now Ordonez.
• Frank Thomas, Oakland's cleanup hitter, was 0-for-13 in the ALCS. In the past 10 years, only one other player was 0-for-13 or worse in a postseason series while batting in the heart (third, fourth or fifth) of his team's batting order: Scott Rolen, who was 0-for-15 in the 2004 World Series.
• Milton Bradley was 9-for-18 in the ALCS. Only three other players batted .500 or higher playing on the losing end of a four-game postseason series sweep (minimum: 15 AB): Thurman Munson (.529 in the 1976 World Series for the Yankees), Vic Wertz (.500 in the 1954 World Series for the Indians) and Tony Gwynn (.500 for the Padres in the 1998 World Series).
• The Tigers had a losing record for 12 consecutive seasons, from 1994-2005, the longest streak in major league history broken with a trip to the World Series. The previous record was held by the Boston Braves, who were below .500 in eleven straight seasons, from 1903-13, but reached the World Series in 1914 and swept the Athletics in four games.
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