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by two in the eighth inning with the speedy Chone Figgins on second base, Anaheim Angels’ slugger and future Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero took what may have been his final swing as a member of the franchise, slicing a cut fastball from New York Yankees famed closer Mariano Rivera into right field.

Figgins sped around third and scored. It was the first run Rivera had allowed at home in the postseason since 2000, a span of 36 innings, and the last the resilient Angels would score in their ever-so-successful season.

To give Rivera a cushion, as if, despite his hiccup, the best closer in history needed it, New York’s dangerous offense benefited from two errors in the bottom the eighth to score two times.

Their lead was now 5-2, ...

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