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World Series checklist

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By Evan Grant / The Dallas Morning News


Decision of the Day

Chuck Knoblauch hits for Jose Vizcaino to start the Yankees' eighth.

Vizcaino was in the Yankees' lineup because of his success against Mets starter Al Leiter. Coming into the game, Vizcaino had been 11-for-22 against Leiter for his career. But with the score tied in the eighth and Vizcaino hitless in his last 12 at-bats, manager Joe Torre turned to regular offensive ignitor Chuck Knoblauch to pinch hit. Knoblauch was not in the lineup because the Yankees are hesitant about his defense, and with no designated hitter in National League parks, there was no spot for him. Instead of starting a rally, though, Knoblauch popped out to catcher Mike Piazza in foul territory. – Evan Grant

Hots

Derek Jeter's sixth-inning home run extended his World Series hitting streak to 14 games, tying for the third-longest hitting streak in World Series history.

The Mets' Bubba Trammell went 1-for-2 against Andy Pettitte and is 9-for-20 in his career.

Andy Pettitte has not lost a World Series start since Game 1 of the 1996 Series against Atlanta. That's a span of five starts. In three of them he has not allowed an earned run. – Evan Grant

Nots

Mets second baseman Edgardo Alfonzo singled in the eighth inning, but his World Series slump continued. He was just 3-for-21 in the Series.

Mets third baseman Robin Ventura went hitless in four at-bats to drop his average since the start of the playoffs to .154.

After getting three hits in Game 1 and being the Yankees hero, Jose Vizcaino went hitless in his next 12 at-bats. – Evan Grant
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