Elias Says ...
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• Three games in three days in three different cities isn't as rare as you might think. The Marlins did it this past August, and it's happened roughly 900 times -- yes, you read that right, nine hundred times -- in major-league history. What made the Angels' three-day jaunt nearly unprecedented was their one-day trip to the West Coast for the second leg of the journey. The only other team ever to do that was the Mariners in 1995. Seattle finished the 1995 regular season in Arlington, flew home for a one-game playoff win over the Angels and then started the formal postseason the next day at Yankee Stadium.
• The Angels have one recent trend on their side. Each of the last four World Series champions has eliminated the Yankees -- the Diamondbacks in 2001, the Angels in 2002, the Marlins in 2003 and the Red Sox in 2004. The last time that the road to the championship didn't pass through New York was 1997, when the Indians eliminated the Yankees but lost the World Series to the Marlins.