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NEW YORK -- Shawn Chacon silenced a lot of doubters Sunday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium, and Mariano Rivera's two perfect innings sent the series back to California for Game 5 on Monday.

It wouldn't have happened without smart baserunning, some clutch hitting and a shrewd move or two, though.

And New York will have to do it all over again in Anaheim if it wants to play at home again this year.

Vitals check
A look at key statistics through Game 4 of the ALDS.

Team stats

Digits Trend The Deal
ERA 4.11 Even Al Leiter looked good
BA .237 (31-for-131) Power outage -- two HRs in series -- still an issue
BA w/ RISP .229 (8-for-35) The "2" in "2-for-9" on Sunday was HUGE
Runs 17 Thank you, Shawn, Al and Mariano

Who's hot?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Ruben Sierra .500 (1-for-2), RBI Clutch pinch-hit single tied it up in seventh
Jorge Posada .273 (3-for-11), 2 RBIs Was on base four times Sunday; ran smart

Who's not?

Player Digits Trend The Deal
Derek Jeter .235 (4-for-17), HR, 3 runs Table-setter went 0-for-4 Sunday

Behind the numbers
Mariano Rivera has 12 two-inning saves in his glorious postseason career, but Sunday's was his first since 2003 at Boston.

Frozen moment
Bernie Williams probably didn't want to go out with a lazy fly ball to center field, but if his eighth-inning at-bat is his last at Yankee Stadium in pinstripes, the crowd made it memorable with a standing ovation and asked for a curtain call when he returned to the dugout.

Slick move
Though Leiter hadn't exactly earned any trust in his previous two outings, Yankees manager Joe Torre gave him the ball with a runner on and one out with New York trailing in the top of the seventh. Leiter got a double-play ball to get out of the inning, and Torre got Leiter out of the game.

Modern history
Monday will mark the eighth time in franchise history that the Yankees have played a fifth and deciding game in the playoffs, including six times in ALDS action.

Last word
"It's not going to hurt him to have that extra day."
-- Torre on Mike Mussina, who has been in Southern California for the past five days, hoping to pitch in Game 5

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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