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ALCS Game 1 pregame notes

ALCS Game 1 pregame notes

Ceremonial first pitch: Former White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce

National anthem: Chicago native and For Aware/Columbia Recording Artist Alice Peacock

Scheduled first pitch: 7:19 p.m. CT (FOX)

ALCS Schedule:
Game 1:
Tuesday, Oct. 11
Paul Byrd vs. Jose Contreras
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:19 p.m. CT

Game 2:
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Jarrod Washburn vs. Mark Buehrle
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:19 p.m. CT

Travel day: Thursday, Oct. 13
Workout at Angel Stadium, Anaheim

Game 3:
Friday, Oct. 14
Jon Garland vs. TBA
Angel Stadium, 5:10 p.m. PT

Game 4:
Saturday, Oct. 15
Freddy Garcia vs. TBA
Angel Stadium, 5:15 p.m. PT

*Game 5:
Sunday, Oct. 16
Angel Stadium, 5:15 p.m. PT

Travel day: Monday, Oct. 17
Workout at U.S. Cellular Field, Chicago

*Game 6:
Tuesday, Oct. 18
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:20 p.m. CT

*Game 7:
Tuesday, Oct. 19
U.S. Cellular Field, 7:20 p.m. CT

*if necessary
All games broadcast on FOX and ESPN Radio
(Game 2 will be on FX in some markets)

Welcome to the American League Championship Series: Tonight opens the 36th American League Championship Series since divisional play began in 1969, when Baltimore and Minnesota met in what was then a best-of-five series. ... This marks the 20th year of a best-of-seven format for the ALCS. ... For the first time since 1995, the first year of three divisions, the champions of the Central are facing the champions of the West. ... In that previous meeting, of the division participants, Cleveland defeated Seattle in six games. ... In 2002, Anaheim defeated the Twins as the wild card club, the only other meeting of teams from the Central and West divisions in LCS play. ... The White Sox and Angels franchises have never met in postseason play.

What's so wild about this? For the first time since 2001 when New York (East) and Seattle (West) faced off, the ALCS features two division winners. ... Each of the last three ALCS match-ups have included a Wild Card entrant. ... This LCS is the fifth (1995, 1997, 1998, 2001) in the 11 years since the introduction of the Wild Card to feature two division champs playing for the pennant. ... In the four previous matchups, the team holding home-field advantage has advanced twice.

Long time coming: The White Sox are making their third franchise appearance in LCS play, the first since 1993, when the Toronto Blue Jays advanced in six games. ... The White Sox other appearance came in 1983, a four-game loss to the Baltimore Orioles in a best-of-five format. ... Overall, Chicago is 3-7 in 10 lifetime LCS games. ... The two LCS appearances since play began in 1969 are the second fewest among any AL franchise in that span with at least one appearance (Milwaukee -- 1, 1982). ... Among existing AL franchises only Texas (no appearances in 34 years as Rangers) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (no appearances in 8 years) have endured fewer showings.

California dreamin': For the second time in four years, the Angels are making an ALCS appearance, the club's fifth in history (1979, 1982, 1986, 2002). ... Anaheim won its final four games of the 2002 ALCS and is 10-11 in 21 career LCS games. ... The Angels join the Yankees, Red Sox, Mariners, Indians, Orioles, Cardinals, Braves, Mets and Marlins as the only clubs with multiple LCS appearances since the advent of the divisional playoff in 1995.

No rest for the weary: For the first time since the 1981 postseason, and only the second time in Major League postseason history, a team will play the first game of a playoff series without a day off following the conclusion of the prior playoff series. ... The Angels' Game Five victory Monday night in Anaheim was forced due to a postponement of Game Four from Saturday to Sunday in New York due to rain. ... In 1981, the Dodgers defeated the Expos, 2-1, on October 19 at Montreal to win the National League pennant. ... The club opened the World Series on October 20 at New York, losing Game One to the Yankees, 5-3. ... The Dodgers, though, would win the World Series in six games.

Not-so-sweet home Chicago: The White Sox are playing their sixth ALCS game at home in club history in Game 1. ... The Sox are 0-6 in their previous six home ALCS games, losing the final two against Baltimore in 1983 at Old Comiskey, before losing all three home games to the Blue Jays in 1993.

Sweeps not always a success: Chicago enters tonight's game as a winner of three straight postseason games, with a first-round sweep of the Red Sox. ... Since the advent of the Division Series in 1995 (not including 2005), 14 teams (five AL, nine NL) have swept a Division Series...Of those, only six have gone on to win an LCS, the last being the Boston Red Sox in 2004. ... In ALCS play, the team to sweep an LDS has won the LCS four of five times. ... In the NLCS, only two of the nine teams to have swept the LDS have advanced to the World Series.

Good morning, Los Angeles: After securing a spot in the ALCS last night in Anaheim, the Angels arrived in downtown Chicago at approximately 6:15 a.m.

ALCS umpre rotations: Jerry Crawford, who will be working his 11th League Championship Series, is the crew chief for the 2005 ALCS. ... Crawford, who has been a member of the major league umpiring staff since 1977, is making his 20th career postseason assignment. ... He will be working the plate this evening...Other umpires for the ALCS and their Game One assignments: HP -- Jerry Crawford -- 10 (1980, '83, '85, '90, '93, '95, '96, '99, '01, '03) 1B -- Doug Eddings (First LCS) 2B -- Ted Barrett (First LCS) 3B -- Ron Kulpa (First LCS) LF -- Ed Rapuano -- 4 (1999, '00, '02, '04) RF -- Randy Marsh -- 6 (1989, '92, '95, '00, '02, '04)

Left off the ALCS roster: Angels' ace Bartolo Colon has been replaced on Los Angeles' postseason roster by Esteban Yan. ... Colon left his ALDS Game 5 start on Monday night in the 2nd inning with a shoulder injury.

Familiar places, new faces: Of the Angels roster in 2002, the club's last ALCS appearance, a total of 11 players remain (GARRET ANDERSON, BRENDAN DONNELLY, DARIN ERSTAD, CHONE FIGGINS, ADAM KENNEDY, JOHN LACKEY, BENGIE MOLINA, JOSE MOLINA, FRANCISCO RODRIGUEZ, SCOT SHIELDS and JARROD WASHBURN). ... Those 14 new additions from the '02 Angels to the '05 LCS team: PAUL BYRD, ORLANDO CABRERA, JEFF DAVANON, KELVIM ESCOBAR, STEVE FINLEY, KEVIN GREGG, VLADIMIR GUERRERO, MACIER IZTURIS, CASEY KOTCHMAN, JOSH PAUL, ROBB QUINLAN, JUAN RIVERA, ERVIN SANTANA and ESTEBAN YAN...In addition to the 11 members of the 2002 ALCS Angels team, three others have LCS experience: Cabrera, Finley and Rivera.

White Sox experience: Of the 25-man roster for the Chicago White Sox, seven players have LCS experience: JOSE CONTRERAS, JERMAINE DYE, FREDDY GARCIA, ORLANDO HERNANDEZ, TIMO PEREZ, A.J. PIERZYNSKI and CHRIS WIDGER.

Arms race: PAUL BYRD and JARROD WASHBURN will start the first two games of the ALCS for the Angels...Chicago will counter with JOSE CONTRERAS and MARK BUERHLE.

I know you: Two members of the Angles LCS roster have ties to the White Sox...JOSH PAUL is on the Angels' LCS roster as a third catcher. ... The Evanston, Ill., native was a member of the Chicago White Sox in all or parts of the 1999 through 2003 seasons, signing as a free agent by the Angles prior to the 2004 season...Additionally, BARTOLO COLON pitched for Chicago in 2003.

Game 5 time change: Air time for Sunday's if necessary Game Five has been moved from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT...Sunday's Game Four of the National League Championship Series has been moved to the 4 p.m. time slot.

A Game 1 pitching rematch: PAUL BYRD and JOSE CONTRERAS will be facing each other for the second time this season...The two hurlers squared off in a 10-7 Angels win on June 1 here at U.S. Cellular Field...Byrd surrendered 5 runs in 6 innings on 6 hits, earning the win, while Contreras surrendered 4 runs/2 earned on 5 hits in 6 innings...In that contest, the Angels scored four runs in the 7th inning to avoid a 4-game series sweep...DALLAS MCPHERSON hit 2 home runs for the Angels...KEVIN WALKER took the loss in relief for Chicago, surrendering 4 runs in 0.1 inning.

PAUL BYRD (0-0, 9.82 ERA) is making his 2nd postseason start of this season and his career, last starting Friday in Game Three of the ALDS at New York (3.2 ip, 7 h, 4 r-er, 1 hr, 2 bb, 2 so)...Will be making his 4th career postseason appearance, his first in LCS play, with other 2 outings coming in relief for Atlanta in the 2004 ALDS against Houston, notching an 0-1, 6.35 (4 ER/5 2/3 IP)...Is 5-2, 4.62 (26 ER/50 2/3 IP) in 7 career games against the White Sox...Here at U.S. Cellular Field, is 3-0, 2.82 (7 er/22.1 ip) in 2 career appearances.

JOSE CONTRERAS (1-0, 2.35 ERA) is making his 2nd start of this postseason, earning the win in Game One of the ALDS against the Red Sox last Tuesday, a 14-2 Chicago win here (7 2/3 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)...Has made nine career postseason appearances (all 8 others in relief), going 1-2, 4.34 (9 ER/18 2/3 IP). ... Has appeared in four LCS games, all in relief, all for the Yankees, with an 0-1, 5.79 ERA (3 ER/4 2/3 IP), losing Game 6 of the 2003 ALCS at New York, a 9-6 Boston win (1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K). ... Is 0-2, 6.75 ERA (12 ER/16 IP) in his career against the Angels...Overall, is 9-6, 3.66 ERA (64 ER/157 1/3 IP) in career at U.S. Cellular Field, going 7-5, 3.78 ERA (81 ERA/116 2/3 IP) here this year.

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