News and notes from around the playoffs:
- There's not much to report from the ALCS today, since Game 2 of the series was washed out yesterday. The game was actually postponed before a drop of rain fell on the Ballpark in Arlington: with the radar showing severe storms heading towards the stadium, Game 2 was called three-and-half hours before first pitch -- and when the scheduled start time rolled around, the threat of rain had all but evaporated.
- Regardless, the game was called off, which allows both teams to keep their rotations intact: Detroit's Max Scherzer will now have three days to recover from his relief outing in Game 5 of the ALDS, and Derek Holland will take the ball for the Rangers.
- Meanwhile, even with the unexpected off day there was still unwelcome news for the Tigers: already shorthanded in the outfield with the loss of Delmon Young, Detroit lost right-fielder Magglio Ordonez to a broken right ankle that will knock him out of the ALCS. Ordonez has had recurring problems with the ankle, and he apparently suffered the injury during pregame warmups on Saturday.
- The threat of storms -- and the prospect of playing another stop-and-start game after Saturday's ALCS contest was twice interrupted by weather delays -- was enough to postpone Game 2 of the ALCS. Detroit and Texas will make up that game at 3:19 p.m. CDT today.
- Milwaukee used a six-run fifth inning -- fueled by a two-run double from Ryan Braun and two-run homers from Prince Fielder and Yuni Betancourt -- to claim a 9-6 win over St. Louis in Game 1 of the NLCS. Our recap is here.
The division series standings ended up like this:
- Detroit 3, New York 2.
- Texas 3, Tampa 1.
- Milwaukee 3, Arizona 2.
- St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 2.
- Texas 1, Detroit 0.
- Milwaukee 1, St. Louis 0.
On tap for today:
Tigers @ Rangers: Scherzer (15-9, 4.43) vs. Holland (16-5, 3.95) at 3:19 p.m. CDT (FOX)
Cards @ Brewers: Jackson (12-9, 3.79) vs. Marcum (13-7, 3.54) at 7:05 p.m. CDT (TBS)