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Updated: Saturday October 12, 2002 8:56 AM
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Minnesota Twins
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Brad Radke W-L ERA
Postseason 0-0 0.00
Career vs. Angels 11-4 1.72
 
John Lackey W-L ERA
Postseason 0-0 0.00
Career vs. Twins 0-0 4.50
Anaheim Angels
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  Brad Radke
  John Lackey

ANAHEIM, California (Ticker) -- Rookie John Lackey makes his first postseason start on Saturday as the Anaheim Angels try to take a commanding lead in the American League Championship Series in Game Four against the Minnesota Twins at Edison Field.

The Angels' pitching has helped them to a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven series and it is up to Lackey to continue that success. He pitched three scoreless inning of relief against the New York Yankees in Game Three of the American League Division Series.

Lackey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) was 9-4 with a 3.66 ERA in 18 starts. He faced the Twins at the Metrodome on July 15 and gave up five runs - three earned - in six innings but did not receive a decision.

The 23-year-old righthander, who celebrates a birthday on October 23, was 4-1 with a 3.52 ERA in eight starts at Edison Field this season.

The Twins counter with seasoned veteran Brad Radke (2-0, 1.54), who is unbeaten in the playoffs. He won both his ALDS starts, allowing six runs - two earned - and 14 hits in 11 2/3 innings.

"I feel pretty good right now," Radke said. "I know in the past I've thrown a lot of innings. September, usually I get pretty tired. But this year I feel pretty good."

Radke faced the Angels at the Metrodome on May 30 but left in the first inning after aggravating a groin injury. He is 11-4 with a 1.73 ERA in 18 career starts against the Twins.

The 30-year-old righthander is 6-1 with a 1.38 ERA in seven career starts at Edison Field.

Jarrod Washburn pitched seven strong innings and Troy Glaus hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the eighth inning to lead the Angels to a 2-1 victory in Game Three on Friday.

Francisco Rodriguez retired the side in order, striking out two, in the eighth inning for the win and Troy Percival capped another strong performance by Anaheim's bullpen with a scoreless ninth for his fourth postseason save.

The Angels' bullpen has pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings in the first three games of the series, allowing just one hit and one walk while striking out 13.

"As a starter you don't want to limit yourself, you want to go out there and try to go as long as possible," Lackey said. "But with the success of our bullpen, it gives you confidence. I'll be going as hard as I can and I have full confidence in the bullpen, whenever they come in the game."

The Twins continue to be dominated by Percival, who has not allowed a run in 55 career innings against the American League Central champions.

Minnesota's bullpen has been nearly as good, giving up just one run and four hits while striking out 10 in 6 2/3 innings.

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