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Six of 28 teams in the Angels' position have rallied from a 3-1 deficit in a league championship series -- most recently in 2007, when the Boston Red Sox came back against Sabathia and Cleveland on the way to a title. Including the World Series, 11 of 69 teams that fell into a 3-1 hole have made the comeback.
"The mountain is big, period," Angels outfielder Torii Hunter said. "But we know baseball can turn around at any time. ... We've been wanting that since our first game (against the Yankees). We haven't quite got there yet, but it's getting late. That bell is about to ring, so it's time to get it done."
Pitching hasn't been the Angels' biggest woe, even given the Yankees' 10-run outburst in Game 3, which only got out of hand in the late innings. Los Angeles can't hit against the Yankees, scraping the Mendoza Line while scoring just 10 runs in the series' 42 innings.
"We're trying to do too much with runners in scoring position," said Bobby Abreu, who's batting .125 against his former team. "We're trying to drive in runs no matter what, and sometimes we swing at bad pitches. Tomorrow is a tough situation for us."
Burnett is still looking for his first playoff victory despite pitching fairly well in his last two starts. He got a no-decision in Game 2 despite allowing just three hits and two runs while pitching into the seventh inning of a contest that eventually went 310 minutes and 13 innings.
"This is why I signed -- the opportunity to pitch in the postseason," said Burnett, who never pitched in the playoffs for Florida or Toronto. "The first year over here, I have an opportunity, so I'm taking full advantage of it."
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