20 2/3 Career scoreless postseason innings by Sox closer Jonanthan Papelbon, breaking Joe Niekro's major-league record.
57 Percent of teams winning Game 1 of a seven-game ALCS that have won the series.
Not out of it
Among the 16 AL and NL championship series dating to 2000, the team that lost Game 1 went on to win the series almost half the time:
Year Game 1 Series
2006 Mets Cardinals
2005 Angels White Sox*
2005 Cardinals Astros
2004 Yankees Red Sox
2003 Red Sox Yankees*
2002 Twins Angels
2000 Mariners Yankees*
*Lost Game 1 at home
Sox road record
The Red Sox extended their postseason road winning streak to six games, a club record.
Dice K streak
Daisuke Matsuzuka continued an impressive streak as an escape artist. When he retired Cliff Floyd on a grounder with the bases loaded in the first, that made hitters with the bases loaded 0-14 against him.
Number of the day, Part I
52 Pitches thrown by both teams in the 30-minute scoreless first inning
Number of the day, Part II
0-17 Kevin Youkilis, left, against James Shields before getting a double and a single in his first two at-bats