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Interleague success bodes well for WS

Rox Interleague success bodes well

DENVER -- The relentless Rockies are 7-0 in the postseason. Now the newly crowned National League champions will see if they can continue their run against the American League champions, either Boston or Cleveland.

The Rockies' recent history suggests they have a chance to keep the streak going.

Clint Hurdle's team is 21-12 in Interleague Play the last two years, including 5-1 vs. the Red Sox and Yankees this year. They did not face the Indians in 2007.

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If Colorado's opponent is Cleveland, it will match a team that hasn't been to a World Series before against one that hasn't won one since 1948.

"It doesn't matter," Hurdle said. "We're going to enjoy the moment. We'll get ready for whatever."

The Rockies, caught up in the excitement of a pennant, expressed similar sentiments. There will be time to think about who is up next.

"It really doesn't matter to us who we play," Rockies third baseman Garrett Atkins said following the Rockies' 6-4 NLCS-clinching victory Monday night at Coors Field. "All that matters right now is we're going to the World Series."

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki agreed.

"We're 25 guys that don't think about who we're playing or where the streak is or any of that," Tulowitzki said. "We're going to the World Series, and we're not going to go about it any differently than we have all along. We'll play the game the same way, whoever we play."

If the Rockies' opponent is Boston, they will be playing a team from which they took two of three in a series at Fenway Park, June 12-14.

In that series, the Rockies beat Red Sox ace Josh Beckett, who had entered the game 9-0 with a 2.88 ERA before giving up a season-high six runs to Colorado.

The Rockies also beat veteran right-hander Curt Schilling, while losing the game started by Boston knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Jeff Francis beat Beckett, 7-1, Josh Fogg outpitched Schilling in a 12-2 Rockies win and Wakefield bested Aaron Cook, 2-1, in the opening game of the series.

The Rockies outscored Boston, 20-5, while batting .278 with three homers. The Colorado staff posted an ERA of 1.73 in the series, while the offense batted .278 (30-for-108) with a dozen extra-base hits.

Several Rockies fared well at Fenway, as Atkins hit .333 with a homer and five RBIs, NLCS MVP Matt Holliday hit .385 (5-for-13) and second baseman Kaz Matsui hit .357 (5-for-14). Tulowitzki batted .333 (3-for-9) and catcher Yorvit Torrealba hit .455 (5-for-11).

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Of course, it could be the Indians, who lead the American League Championship Series, 2-1. Regardless, the Rockies will have eight days until they open the World Series at the American League city. Plenty of time to think about the opponent.

"We weren't supposed to get this far. We weren't supposed to beat the Phillies or [Arizona]," Tulowitzki said. "But here we are, going to the World Series. We probably won't be [favored] there either, but it really doesn't matter to us. We just play."

Jim Molony is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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