ARLINGTON -- In Friday's opener of the American League Division Series, Matt Moore (22 years, 104 days) became the youngest starting pitcher to win his team's first game of the postseason. Gary Nolan (22 years, 129 days) was the previous holder of that distinction when he played in the 1970 National League Championship Series.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Moore is the first rookie starter to win his team's first game of the postseason since Jim Beattie of the Yankees defeated the Royals in the first game of the 1978 ALCS. Moore is also the fifth rookie all-time to turn the trick.
Finally, Moore is the first rookie in Major League history to pitch at least seven innings and allow no runs and two or fewer hits in a postseason game -- and the second youngest to do it behind Waite Hoyt (22 years, 27 days) in the 1921 World Series.