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Old 02-02-18, 01:15 AM
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MLB Network's Top 25 Post Expansion Baseball Teams

MLB Network has unveiled its top 25 teams of Major League Baseball's expansion era. Here they are:

25. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers
24. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
23. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
22. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays
21. 1962 New York Yankees
20. 2001 Seattle Mariners
19. 2007 Boston Red Sox
18. 1972 Oakland Athletics
17. 1978 New York Yankees
16. 1989 Oakland Athletics
15. 1999 New York Yankees
14. 2009 New York Yankees
13. 1969 New York Mets
12. 2004 Boston Red Sox
11. 1995 Atlanta Braves
10. 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
9. 1976 Cincinnati Reds
8. 1968 Detroit Tigers
7. 1984 Detroit Tigers
6. 2016 Chicago Cubs
5. 1986 New York Mets
4. 1970 Baltimore Orioles
3. 1961 New York Yankees
2. 1975 Cincinnati Reds
1. 1998 New York Yankees

And with pitchers and catchers reporting still 12 days away, and the hot stove league cold as never before, why should I not waste huge amounts of time I should be working by using this list and simulating a tournament to determine the greatest team since 1961?

Since there are 25 teams, I'll have the bottom two play a one game wildcard round, and then the top eight teams will receive a bye as the bottom 16 play best of 5 to move on. From there, the 16 remaining teams will play four more best of seven rounds.

Yes, it's silly. But we'll see what the simulator says.

It'll take me a few days to run through this, so I'll post a round each day.
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WILD CARD GAME

25. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers vs 24. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates

1963 Dodgers 6, 1979 Pirates 2

Sandy Koufax (1-0) pitched a complete game, scattering 6 hits and 2 runs as the 1963 Dodgers moved on to the main tournament with a 6-2 win over the 1979 Pirates. John Candelaria (0-1) took the loss for the Pirates, who scored their only runs on an 8th inning Bill Madlock homer after Los Angeles had built a 6-0 lead. The game was scoreless until the top of the 5th when the Dodgers scored 4 times on consecutive singles by Maury Wills and Junior Gilliam followed by a two run homer by Frank Howard.
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Shouldn't the '76 Reds be higher then the '75 Reds? Granted, the '75 Reds won 108 compared to the '76 Reds winning 102 games. But I believe the '76 Reds are the only team to go undefeated in the Playoffs (Post 1969 Expanded Playoffs)? They swept the Phillies in the NLCS and swept the Yankees in the WS.
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I wish Micro-League Baseball still existed.
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The 2001 Seattle Mariners - The best team that never won the World Series.
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It figures that the two times the Padres got to the World Series they faced the #1 and #7 all time WS teams. Those Padres teams were really good and could have won the WS in different years, but against the competition they faced they had little chance.
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And why do I hate the Yankees? 6 of the Top 25 WS teams. They're the best organization money can buy...
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I wish Micro-League Baseball still existed.
I remember playing that my freshman year of college. Was addicted to it.
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they have the 98 and 99 yankees and also the 61 and 62 yankees. but they only have the 72 A's but not the 73 or 74 A's, which were basically the same team (and won the WS each of those 3 years)
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FIRST ROUND (BEST OF FIVE)

SERIES A - 25. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers vs 9. 1976 Cincinnati Reds
SERIES B - 23. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks vs 10. 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
SERIES C - 22. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays vs 11. 1995 Atlanta Braves
SERIES D - 21. 1962 New York Yankees vs 12. 2004 Boston Red Sox
SERIES E - 20. 2001 Seattle Mariners vs 13. 1969 New York Mets
SERIES F - 19. 2007 Boston Red Sox vs 14. 2009 New York Yankees
SERIES G - 18. 1972 Oakland Athletics vs 15. 1999 New York Yankees
SERIES H - 17. 1978 New York Yankees vs 16. 1989 Oakland Athletics
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(For those interested, I'm just running these through a simulator and writing up the results. I'm sure if I ran them again they'd be different, that's kind of the fun of it.)

SERIES A - 25. 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers vs 9. 1976 Cincinnati Reds

Game 1
1976 Reds 5, 1963 Dodgers 4

The 1976 Reds scored four times in the bottom of the 8th inning to take the series opener 5-4. Don Drysdale had held the Reds to 1 run and 4 hits going into the 8th but after allowing a leadoff double to Johnny Bench and an RBI single to Cesar Geronimo, he was removed for Ron Perranoski (0-1) who allowed an RBI double to Dave Concepcion and RBI singles to Dan Driessen and Joe Morgan, the game winning RBI. Pedro Bourbon (1-0) got the win in relief of an only moderately effective Gary Nolan, who allowed 4 runs in six innings including a homerun by Frank Howard. Rawly Eastwick got the save.

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Game 2
1963 Dodgers 10, 1976 Reds 2

Johnny Podres (1-0) allowed two runs over six innings and Junior Gilliam had five hits, including a first inning homer, to lead the 1963 Dodgers to an easy 10-2 win over the 1976 Reds that evened their first round series at a game each. Jack Billigham (0-1) was shelled for eight runs over 4 innings to take the loss.

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Game 3
1963 Dodgers 10, 1976 Reds 6

Maury Wills reached base five times and scored four times as the 1963 Dodgers erupted for double digit runs for the second straight game for a 10-6 victory over the 1976 Reds and a surprising 2-1 lead in the best of five series. The game was tied at five in the bottom of the 7th when the Dodgers scored five times without a single extra base hit. Ed Roebuck (1-0) got the save in relief as Pedro Bourbon (1-1) suffered the loss. Pete Rose went 3-5 with 3 runs scored for the losing Reds, who are facing elimination at Dodger Stadium tomorrow night.

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Game 4
1963 Dodgers 6, 1976 Reds 4
(Dodgers win series, 3-1)

The surprising 1963 Dodgers, who barely made the tournament, continued their surprising play with a 6-4 win that eliminated the 1976 Reds in four games. The Reds held a 4-0 lead on homers by Joe Morgan and Tony Perez entering the 5th, but the Dodgers fought back with RBI singles by Frank Howard in the 5th, pinch hitter Wally Moon in the 6th, and a two run single by pinch hitter Lee Walls in the 7th. Larry Sherry (1-0) got the win in relief for the Dodgers, after Ron Perranovski got out of a none out, two on jam in the top of the 9th. Pat Darcy (0-1) got the loss for Cincinnati.
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I used to do this when I played Strat-O-Matic back in the 80's as a kid. They had sets of the greatest teams and I would play 7 game series to see who was the best. I remember I had the 1927 Yanks, 1965 Dodgers, 1934 Cardinals, 1961 Yankees, etc. I remember Sandy Koufax 1965 Pitching Card was unhittable as he had 2.04 ERA with 382 Strikeouts in 335 innings.
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SERIES B - 23. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks vs 10. 1967 St. Louis Cardinals

Game 1
1968 Cardinals 3, 2001 Diamondbacks 0

Bob Gibson (1-0) pitched a gem, a 129 pitch four hit shutout, to outduel Curt Schilling (0-1), who gave up two earned runs over eight innings as the 1967 Cards took the series opener over the 2001 Diamondbacks. Gibson also helped his own cause by driving in Roger Maris with the game winning RBI in the 5th. Curt Flood drove in the other two Cardinal runs with a 5th inning single.

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Game 2
1968 Cardinals 6, 2001 Diamondbacks 3

Curt Flood had four hits and drove in two as the 1967 Cardinals knocked off another Arizona ace with a 6-3 win in game 2. Randy Johnson (0-1) gave up four earned runs over eight innings, striking out 11 but giving up 10 hits. Nelson Briles (1-0) got the win for the Cardinals, and Joe Hoerner got the save.

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Game 3
1968 Cardinals 3, 2001 Diamondbacks 2
(Cardinals win series, 3-0)

The 1968 Cardinals, behind eight innings of shutout pitching by Steve Carlton (1-0), defeated the 2001 Diamondbacks 3-2 to sweep their first round series. Orlando Cepeda and Roger Maris homered for the Cardinals in the win. The D'backs, with their backs to the wall, almost rallied from 3 runs down in the bottom of the 9th, on a Mark Grace home run and a Tony Womack texas leaguer that scored Steve Finley, but Ron Willis came in and got Jay Bell to ground out to close out the game. Brian Anderson (0-1) had the loss for Arizona.
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SERIES C - 22. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays vs 11. 1995 Atlanta Braves

Game 1
1995 Braves 13, 1993 Blue Jays 2

Javy Lopez homered and drove in five runs and Greg Maddux (1-0) limited Toronto to one earned run in 8 innings as the 1995 Braves took the opener 13-2 over the 1993 Blue Jays. The Braves scored all 13 runs between the 4th and 7th innings as they chased Jays starter Juan Guzman (0-1) from the game early. David Justice also homered for Atlanta.

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Game 2
1993 Blue Jays 1, 1995 Braves 0

Pat Hentgen (1-0) was magnificent, outdueling Tom Glavine (0-1) thanks to a Jeff Blauser error, as the 1993 Blue Jays evened up the series at one game each with a 1-0 win. Both starters allowed seven hits over eight innings. The winning run came in the top of the 8th. Paul Molitor singled, then pinch runner Rickey Henderson stole second and went to third on a ground out by Devon White. After a Tony Fernandez popup, John Olerud then lined a ground ball through Blauser's legs for the only run of the game. Duane Ward struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th for the save.

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Game 3
1995 Braves 12, 1993 Blue Jays 6

The 1995 Braves raced out to a 10-0 lead through four innings and cruised to a 12-6 win over the 1993 Blue Jays and a 2-1 lead in their first round series. David Justice was on base five times and scored four runs to pace the Braves, and Atlanta also got three RBI each from Javy Lopez, Ryan Klesko and Chipper Jones. John Smoltz (1-0) allowed three earned runs over six innings for the win. Todd Stottlemyre (0-1) took the loss.

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Game 4
1995 Braves 17, 1993 Blue Jays 12
(Braves win series, 3-1)

No, that's not a typo. David Justice went 5 for 5 with 5 RBI and 5 runs scored, as Game 4 set records in a 17-12 Braves win that eliminated the Blue Jays. The 29 runs tied game 4 of the 1993 World Series for the highest scoring playoff game ever. Except unlike that game, which saw these same 1993 Jays defeat the Phillies 15-14, this time Toronto came up short, and were eliminated three games to one. Neither starting pitcher had their best stuff, with Dave Stewart (0-1) taking the loss for Toronto after allowing 8 runs in 5 innings. Steve Avery allowed 7 runs in 3.2 innings, but was bailed out by the hot Atlanta offense, which scored a remarkable 42 runs in their 3 wins. Offensive stars in the game were plenty: Ryan Klesko homered and drove in five runs, and Javy Lopez also had 3 RBI. On the losing side, Joe Carter hit two home runs and drove in seven runs, although his dropped fly ball in the 5th cost the Jays two runs that turned an 8-7 game into 10-7. Brad Clontz (1-0) got the win in relief for Atlanta.
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SERIES D - 21. 1962 New York Yankees vs 12. 2004 Boston Red Sox

Game 1
1962 Yankees 1, 2004 Red Sox 0

A magnificent pitchers duel between Whitey Ford and Pedro Martinez turned on a 5th inning Elston Howard solo homer as the 1962 Yankees took game 1, 1-0, over the 2004 Red Sox. Marshall Bridges pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Ford (1-0) only struck out two hitters but kept the Red Sox off balance all night by scattering 4 hits over eight innings. Martinez (0-1) struck out 9 Yankees over 7 innings before leaving after 110 pitches.

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Game 2
2004 Red Sox 3, 1962 Yankees 0

Bill Mueller homered twice and the 2004 Red Sox backed eight shutout innings by Derek Lowe to take game 2, 3-0 and even the series. Keith Foulke pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Ralph Terry (0-1) allowed three runs over 7 innings and got the loss.

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Game 3
1962 Yankees 5, 2004 Red Sox 2

Clete Boyer drove in three runs in including a massive homer off Curt Schilling (0-1) as the Yankees won game 3 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Mickey Mantle also homered off Schilling to support winning pitcher Bill Stafford (1-0).

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Game 4
2004 Red Sox 13, 1962 Yankees 4

Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs and the 2004 Red Sox homered five times to cruise to a 13-4 win over the 1962 Yankees to even the series at two games each. Johnny Damon, Jason Varitek, Kevin Millar, and Orlando Cabrera also went deep to back Tim Wakefield (1-0). Trot Nixon also had four hits against Yankee pitching, chasing starting and losing pitcher Jim Bouton (0-1) who gave up 11 hits and 7 runs over 4.1 innings. The decisive game five is tomorrow.

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Game 5
2004 Red Sox 10, 1962 Yankees 5
(Red Sox win series, 3-2)

The 2004 Red Sox pounded out 20 hits in a decisive 10-5 win in game five to take their first round series 3-2 over the 1962 Yankees. Johnny Damon had four hits and a home run in the surprisingly high scoring game, considering the starting pitching matchup of Pedro Martinez and Whitey Ford. Mike Timlin (1-0) got the win in relief for Boston, and Bud Daley (0-1) the loss for New York. Mickey Mantle and Bill Skowron homered for the Yankees. Roger Maris, despite hitting .333 in the series, was held homerless for all five games.
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Shouldn't the '76 Reds be higher then the '75 Reds? Granted, the '75 Reds won 108 compared to the '76 Reds winning 102 games. But I believe the '76 Reds are the only team to go undefeated in the Playoffs (Post 1969 Expanded Playoffs)? They swept the Phillies in the NLCS and swept the Yankees in the WS.
MLB Network made up these lists, so I can't speak for them, but the 75 team was much more balanced then the 76 team. The 75 team was more then one standard deviation better than the league average in runs allowed, while the 76 team was a little above average. Much better run differential.
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This reminds me of the old NFL Matchup of the Millennium series in which they spliced together video to make it look like teams of different eras were playing each other.

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they have the 98 and 99 yankees and also the 61 and 62 yankees. but they only have the 72 A's but not the 73 or 74 A's, which were basically the same team (and won the WS each of those 3 years)
I have to agree with the point you are making.

In all seriousness if that A's team had been pre Free Agency they probably would have won several more titles. They were one of the greatest teams ever.
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I love the MLB Network most of the time but their Countdown lists are complete garbage for the most part. Their recent top 50 individual seasons of all time (post 1940) made no sense whatsoever. If they don't have video to run, they simply ignore big chunks of baseball history.
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Oakland is actually a curious team, because they only won 93, 94 and 90 games in those three championship seasons. Not dominant at all, yet they won in the playoffs.
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SERIES E - 20. 2001 Seattle Mariners vs 13. 1969 New York Mets

Game 1
1969 Mets 8, 2001 Mariners 3

Tom Seaver (1-0) threw a complete game victory as the 1969 Miracle Mets took game 1 over the 2001 Mariners. Tommie Agee and Ron Svoboda homered off losing pitcher Freddy Garcia (0-1) in the first inning to stake Seaver to an early 3-0 lead.

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Game 2
2001 Mariners 2, 1969 Mets 1

Jamie Moyer (1-0) gave up one run over six innings and Mike Cameron had three hits to lead the 2001 Mariners to a tight 2-1 win over Jerry Koosman (0-1) and the 1969 Mets to even their series at one game each. Kazuhiro Sasaki only had to throw 9 pitches for a scoreless 9th inning for the save.

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Game 3
2001 Mariners 3, 1969 Mets 1

Aaron Sele (1-0) threw a complete game victory, allowing only one unearned run, as Seattle took a 2-1 series lead. Mike Cameron's 8th inning homer was the devisive blow off Gary Gentry (0-1).

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Game 4
1969 Mets 3, 2001 Mariners 2

Cleon Jones hit a go ahead homer in the 8th inning as the 1969 Mets stayed alive with a tight 3-2 win over the 2001 Mariners. After Don Cardwell struggled early for the Mets, Nolan Ryan came in in relief to throw 4 innings of scoreless ball. Tug McGraw (1-0) got the win for the Mets and Jeff Nelson (0-1) the loss for Seattle.

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Game 5
1969 Mets 4, 2001 Mariners 2
(Mets win series, 3-2)

Tom Seaver (2-0) was again the decisive factor with a complete game victory as the 1969 Mets won game 5 to defeat the 2001 Mariners three games to two. Cleon Jones homered again, as did Jerry Grote, to defeat tough luck starter Freddy Garica (0-2) who pitched well but not good enough.
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SERIES F - 19. 2007 Boston Red Sox vs 14. 2009 New York Yankees

Game 1
2009 Yankees 10, 2007 Red Sox 4

Nick Swisher and Mark Teixiera each homered and drove in 3 runs to back C.C. Sabathia (1-0) as the 2009 Yankees defeated the 2007 Red Sox 10-4 in game one. The Yanks raced out to an 8-0 lead in the third inning off Josh Beckett (0-1) as Robinson Cano and Hideki Matsui also homered early.

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Game 2
2007 Red Sox 10, 2009 Yankees 5

The 2007 Red Sox scored eight times in the top of the first off an utterly ineffective Andy Pettite (0-1) en route to an easy 10-5 win to even the series. David Ortiz gave the Sox a 3-0 lead off a massive home run before most of the Yankee fans had even found their seats in the top of the first, and Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew also homered off Pettite before he was removed after 1/3 of an inning having allowed five runs. Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-0) pitched eight solid innings for the win. The Yanks did manage to get the game back to 8-4 on a 3-run Jorge Posada blast in the bottom of the first, briefly encouraging the crowd, but could get no closer.

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Game 3
2009 Yankees 7, 2007 Red Sox 5

Hideki Matsui went 3 for 5 with a home run to back seven innings of rocky pitching by A.J. Burnett (1-0) as the Yankees took game 3 to lead the series two games to one. Robinson Cano also homered off losing pitcher Curt Schilling (0-1) and Marinao Rivera struck out the side in the bottom of the 9th for the save.

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Game 4
2009 Yankees 22, 2007 Red Sox 9
(Yankees win series, 3-1)

In a game that brought back vivid memories of the 1978 Boston Massacre, the 2009 Yankees destroyed the 2007 Red Sox 22-9 to take the series in four games. Alex Rodriguez finally broke out, going 3-for-5 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. Robinson Cano went 4-for-7 with 4 RBI, Mark Teixiera walked four times, drove in four runs and scored four, Jorge Posada drove in three, and Nick Swisher homered and drove in 3 in the rout. The win went to Joba Chamberlin (0-1) and the loss to Tim Wakefield (0-1) who gave up 7 runs in just over 3 innings. The game was actually only 4-3 Yankees going to the 5th, but the Yanks scored four in the 5th and 7 in the 6th to break it open.
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SERIES G - 18. 1972 Oakland Athletics vs 15. 1999 New York Yankees

Game 1
1972 Athletics 2, 1999 Yankees 1

Catfish Hunter (1-0) allowed six hits and no earned runs in a complete game victory as the 1972 A's took game 1, 2-1 over the 1999 Yankees. The game remained scoreless until the 5th when Paul O'Neill scored Chuck Knoblach with a sharp single to right. But in the top of the sixth, Reggie Jackson hit a towering two run homer to center off loser David Cone (0-1). Cone struck out nine over 8 innings in the loss.

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Game 2
1999 Yankees 3, 1972 Athletics 1

Andy Pettite (1-0) allowed one run over 7 innings and Paul O'Neill drove in two runs to lead the 1999 Yanks to a 3-1 win and tie the series at one. Mariano Rivera got the save. Blue Moon Odom (0-1) allowed three runs over seven innings in the loss.

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Game 3
1972 Athletics 4, 1999 Yankees 2

Dave Duncan homered and drove in 3 runs to back the solid pitching of Vida Blue (1-0) and Rollie Fingers as the A's took game three. Derek Jeter's two run blast in the 7th cut the lead to two but the Yanks could get no closer. Roger Clemens (0-1) took the loss.

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Game 4
1999 Yankees 5, 1972 Athletics 1

Orlando Hernandez (1-0) saved the Yanks' season, pitching a complete game 3 hitter as the 1999 Yankees evened the series at two games apiece. Tino Martinez and Ricky Ledee homered for the Yankees off losing pitcher Ken Holtzman. Reggie Jackson's solo blast was the lone offense for the A's.

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Game 5
1972 Athletics 7, 1999 Yankees 3
(A's win series, 3-2)

Sal Bando went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored and Reggie Jackson hit another titanic blast, this time a backbreaking three run homer, to back Catfish Hunter (2-0) as the 1972 A's eliminated the 1999 Yankees in game 5. David Cone (0-2) allowed five runs in the loss.
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SERIES H - 17. 1978 New York Yankees vs 16. 1989 Oakland Athletics

Game 1
1978 Yankees 8, 1989 Athletics 2

Ron Guidry (1-0) struck out 9 and pitched a complete game as the 1978 Yanks took game one, 8-2. Lou Pinella went 3-for-5 with a home run and Chris Chambliss also went deep as the Yankees drove starter Bob Welch (0-1) from the game.

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Game 2
1978 Yankees 3, 1989 Athletics 1

Another game, another complete game victory for a Yankee starter. Ed Figueroa gave up one run and three hits, his only blemish a Jose Canseco homer, as the Yankees won the first two games in Oakland. Dave Stewart (0-1) took the loss. Mickey Rivers had three hits, including driving in the insurance run with a 9th inning double to back Figueroa.

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Game 3
1989 Athletics 8, 1978 Yankees 6

Mike Moore (1-0) allowed two runs over seven innings and Dennis Eckersley struggled through a long 24 pitch 9th inning before finally getting the save as Oakland took game 3, 8-6. Dick Tidrow (0-1) was ineffective early for the Yankees. Lou Pinella and Chris Chambliss homered in the loss.

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Game 4
1989 Athletics 8, 1978 Yankees 2

Dave Henderson homered and drove in three runs as Storm Davis (1-0) pitched six shutout innings and the A's evened the series at two games each. Graig Nettles homered for the Yanks as Jim Beattie (0-1) took the loss after allowing six runs in four innings.

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Game 5
1978 Yankees 12, 1989 Athletics 2
(Yankees win series, 3-2)

Ron Guidry (2-0) pitched another complete game, striking out eleven, as the 1978 Yanks eliminated the 1989 A's in game five. Mickey Rivers and Thurman Munson both homered off starter and loser Bob Welch (0-2), with Munson driving in five and going 4-for-6. Reggie Jackson had three hits, and both Chris Chambliss and Willie Randolph drove in two runs apiece. The 1978 Yankees move into the second round.
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