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10/23/08 2:03 AM EST

World Series Game 1 tidbits

Significant firsts for Utley, Phillies in Game 1 win over Rays

Setting an early tone: Chase Utley smacked a two-run homer to right field in the first inning to give the Phillies an early lead Wednesday night in Game 1 of the World Series. The second baseman became the 34th player to hit a home run in his first career Fall Classic at-bat.

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History in their favor: Having beaten the Rays in Game 1, the Phillies now have history on their side. Ten of the last 11 winners of Game 1 have gone on to win the World Series. It was just the sixth time in 21 World Series since 1987 that the road team has captured Game 1.

Hot-hitting Myers: Phillies' Game 2 starting pitcher, Brett Myers, won't be able to hit Thursday night because of the DH rule, but the hurler has been impressive at the plate so far this postseason. Myers had three hits in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers.

Four-for-Four: Cole Hamels turned in another solid start Wednesday night, winning his fourth game of the 2008 postseason in as many starts. The 24-year-old became the fourth pitcher in postseason history to win four games in four starts. Hamels joins Josh Beckett of the 2007 Red Sox, Dave Stewart of the 1989 Athletics and David Wells of the 1998 Yankees.

The Phillies have won the first game of each of their three postseason series this year. Hamels was the starting pitcher for each game.

Madson perfect, too: Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth inning Wednesday night to continue what has been a stellar September and October. The right-hander had a 0.64 ERA in 13 September appearances and has held opponents to one earned run in 10 innings so far in the postseason.

Six teams now have won Game 1 in the World Series since the Wild Card era began in 1995.
1996BravesYankeesYankees in 6
1999YankeesBravesYankees in 4
2002GiantsAngelsAngels in 7
2003MarlinsYankeesMarlins in 6
2006CardinalsTigersCardinals in 5

Turf Wars: Wednesday night's game was the first World Series contest to be played on artificial turf since Oct. 23, 1993, when the Phils traveled to Toronto's SkyDome to face the Blue Jays in Game 6.

Like old times: The Phils took a 2-0 lead in the first inning Wednesday, just as they did in Game 1 of the World Series in 1993 against Toronto. In that game, however, Toronto rallied for an 8-5 win.

Crawford goes deep: Carl Crawford became the first Ray to hit a World Series home run, a solo shot off Hamels in the fourth inning. It was also Crawford's first career postseason home run.

Doubled up: B.J. Upton hit into double plays in each of his first two at-bats Wednesday night. The Yankees' Derek Jeter was the last player to ground into two double plays in a World Series game, doing so in Game 4 of the 2003 World Series.

Close selections: Hamels and Scott Kazmir, Wednesday's starting pitchers, were only two picks apart in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft. Hamels was taken 17th overall by the Phillies; Kazmir was taken 15th overall by the Mets.

Runnin' Rays: Jason Bartlett's stolen base in the fifth inning was the Rays' 18th of the postseason.

Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.