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<<That's a World Series pitching performance for the ages.--29>>

Don't go overboard, 29. It's been done before. ESPN said Deacon Phillips of the Pirates also struck out 10 or more while walking none in the very first World Series in 1903.

And remember--Don Larsen threw a perfect game against the Dodgers in 1955. I saw it myself on TV. That was "for the ages".

If Cliff Lee gets another win in this series--and especially if he gets two more wins--he can be considered for ranking with the "for the ages" crowd. Perhaps we should compile a top ten list of great World Series pitching performances. For openers, I nominate Lew Burdette, who racked up 3 complete game wins (two of them shutouts, the other by 4-2) for the Braves against NY in 1957.

Then there was Mickey Lolich who also won 3 in 1968 for the Tigers against the Cardinals. Then Randy Johnson did it in 2001, but the third win was in relief--he only faced four batters--so he doesn't quite rank with Burdette and Lolich.

Also Grover Cleveland Alexander--they'll never make a movie about Cliff Lee.

Other nominations? How about Josh Beckett, for shutting out the Yankees in the Series finale to win it for the Fish? As great as Cliff Lee was tonight, don't you have to apply an "opening game factor" to this evaluation? Wouldn't a comparable performance in a seventh game outrank it?

/s/ S.T.
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