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Part of scoreless inning needed by Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon to match Joe Niekro's record of 20 career playoff innings without allowing a run.

Red Sox Nation note of the day

Perhaps the Nation is contained to this nation. A Canadian TV reporter working on a piece about native son Jason Bay went up to David Ortiz and called him "Manny," as in deposed OF Manny Ramirez. But Ortiz never missed a beat, feeding the reporter the quote he wanted.

Red Sox's ALCS postseason history

Won four, lost four

2007 - Beat Indians 4-3

2004 - Beat Yankees 4-3

2003 - Lost to Yankees 4-3

1999 - Lost to Yankees 4-1

1990 - Lost to Athletics 4-0

1988 - Lost to Athletics 4-0

1986 - Beat Angels 4-3

1975 - Beat Athletics 3-0

Nice gesture of the day

When a company asked manager Joe Maddon about making a T-shirt in his honor, he said he'd only do it if the proceeds went to the John Challis Courage for Life foundation (named for the Pittsburgh area teen who died in August after an inspirational battle with cancer). To hop on the bus, go to courageforlifefoundation.org. The fare is $17.99.

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