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October 14, 2013

Wainwright, Schumaker focus on gridiron

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The interaction between Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Dodgers outfielder Skip Schumaker is more about football these days than baseball.

Wainwright, slated to start Game 3 of the NL championship series on Monday, is the commissioner of a fantasy football league that includes Schumaker as an active player.

"Fantasy football is still pretty important among baseball players," Wainwright said.

Schumaker didn't have a lot of praise for his former teammate's handling of the league.

"He's one of the worst commissioners in the history of fantasy football," Schumaker said with a grin. "He's always late. Draft time is always an hour later.

"Brian McCann is in it," Schumaker continued, referring to the Atlanta catcher. "There are a few guys who can verify all this. He's horrible."

Schumaker admitted impeachment proceedings against Wainwright have been considered, but his friend remains in charge for now.

"We've tried," Schumaker said. "We don't want to hurt his feelings. It means a lot to him. We know how much it means to him."

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THE RECORD BOOK: The 12 strikeouts by Anibal Sanchez in the AL championship series opener were the most by a pitcher before he allowed a hit in a postseason game, according to the Detroit Tigers, who cited the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous record was held by Sandy Koufax, who struck out 10 Yankees before Elston Howard hit a two-out single in the fifth inning the first game of the 1963 World Series.

Sanchez's four strikeouts in the first inning — the extra came thanks to a third-strike wild pitch to Shane Victorino — made him the second pitcher to fan four in an inning. Detroit's Ty Cobb was one of four batters fanned by Orval Overall of the 1908 Chicago Cubs in the first inning of Game 5 of the World Series. Sanchez is the first Tigers pitcher to strike out four in an inning ever, regular season or playoffs.

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