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• Mark Buehrle and Jon Garland are the first pair of teammates to throw back-to-back complete games in the postseason since Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson did it for Arizona in 2001. But you have to go back 23 years to find the last time that happened in the American League. Tommy John and Bruce Kison each went the distance for the Angels in the first two games of the 1982 ALCS. Milwaukee rallied from a two-game deficit to defeat California in that series, 3-2.
• Garland had not pitched since Oct. 1, giving him a 12-day layoff before his Game 3 start. In the last 30 years, three other pitchers, all National Leaguers, threw a complete game in the postseason with at least 12 days between their previous start: Pittsburgh's Bob Walk in the 1992 NLCS (14 days), Florida's Livan Hernandez in the 1997 NLCS (14 days) and Atlanta's Denny Neagle in the 1997 NLCS (12 days). Garland's span between starts was the longest prior to a postseason CG by an American League pitcher since 1956, when the Yankees' Johnny Kucks shut out the Dodgers in the World Series, after not starting in the previous 15 days.